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Roswell zoo may start charging entry fee before improvements are made

Faith Egbuonu
September 25, 2019 06:34 PM

ROSWELL, N.M.— The city of Roswell has plans for a better zoo. However, entry fees may be around the corner before residents start to see major improvements.

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“It’s going to give us a little more in the community, we deserve it,”  said resident Michelle Hannahs.

“We do have a masterplan in place that we hope will guide a lot of improvements and upgrades at the zoo,” said Roswell’s public information officer Todd Wildermuth.

Admission for Spring River Park & Zoo is currently free, but new upgrades could come with a price.

“One of those possibilities would be charging entry fees to visitors of the zoo,” Wildermuth said.

The city believes generating revenue will help create a better zoo experience for visitors.

"Everything obviously from the animal exhibits, which are a main part of the zoo to everything else,” Wildermuth said.

Some worry the zoo may not be worth an entry fee.

"A zoo is a zoo,” said Nicole, a Roswell resident. “Why should you pay to go see animals that you could see somewhere else?"

"It's for people, like parents and families to go eat with their kids, and go chill with their friends—not a place for people to be spending their money on,” she said.

One mother said otherwise.

"I think it's a great idea,” Hannahs said. “I have no problem spending extra money to take my children in to see the exhibits and stuff like that."

Resident Kaarina Jager said she doesn’t agree with entry fees, but also said there may be a middle ground.

"I'll say maybe for families— $10 a year."

Nothing is official yet. If it eventually passes, proposed changes will be presented to city council for consideration.

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