ATTLEBORO — Capron Park Zoo will have a new and grander entrance at some point this summer season along with a new pollinator yard.
The granite pillars at the zoo’s entrance ended up weakened 10 several years in the past subsequent month when a Coca-Cola shipping truck took 1 down, dislodged the 2nd and introduced the steel arch proclaiming “Capron Park” to the floor. It will be repurposed immediately after lying in storage for a decade.
The columns, which are currently in location at the new entrance, experienced to be shortened since of the hurt done, but they will serve as a a lot more elegant and grander entrance to the zoo, officials explained.
It is an entrance that will be tricky to pass up.
Assistant Zoo Director Brenda Young reported it’s hoped that finally an arch identical to the metal “Capron Park” arch on County Street, which connects the two alternative pillars, will be extra at some place.
That arch would say “Capron Park Zoo.”
The new entrance is element of a more substantial challenge that will include the addition of a pollinator backyard surrounding the pond, which has an island that’s residence to the lemur display screen.
The pond is at the northern conclude of the zoo.
Youthful mentioned a wide range of community plant species will be planted about the edge of the pond that will bring in pollinators this sort of as butterflies and bees.
A paved route circling the pond will be constructed as effectively.
The boardwalk that crosses the pond is envisioned to be repaired and re-opened before long, she said.
So there will be the pond, the pollinator back garden at its edge, a fence and the new path that will be obtainable for the disabled.
The existing entrance to the zoo, which consists of a ticket booth, is to the remaining of the gift store as one particular seems at it from the parking great deal.
The entrance will be moved a small more to the still left where two new ticket booths will be mounted.
The booths jointly expense about $27,000.
Younger claimed the zoo is paying out for significantly of the undertaking out of its very own profits, but the town council did approve payment for a person of the booths.
Other city departments are collaborating on the task, but with summer months remaining a active time, the operate is progressing a little slower than hoped.