Zoo needs to support walkers
To the editor:
I live in Apple Valley, and I have a huge problem with the Minnesota Zoo.
Minnesota taxpayers fund 29 percent of the zoo’s budget, which is over $20 million. I do support the zoo in general, but considering “we” approved $15 million in bonds in 2010 for a new entrance, I had hoped the local residents could get a cement path from the street into the Minnesota Zoo parking lot.
I would expect that a family-friendly business funded by the state would at least have a walking path so local members could walk to the zoo and not have to pay the $6 parking fee in addition to the $18 per adult to get in and the $12 per child ages 3 to 12 (not including the extra $4 to see the “Dinosaurs” exhibit, which is very nice).
I love the zoo but I think taxpayers need to monitor where their money is spent. Can we finally get a cement path from the walking path on County Road 38 into the zoo parking lot so we can walk to the zoo to save gas and money?