As a Grant Park resident, I am truly excited about the future of Zoo Atlanta and what some really cool changes can bring to our wonderful neighborhood. A press release on December 29, 2014 announced some really big things in store for the zoo and it’s grounds as the City of Atlanta honored Zoo Atlanta with stewardship of the Cyclorama building and it’s surroundings. It just so happens that Zoo Atlanta turned 125 years old in 2014 and had its highest attendance in 14 years…bringing in over 900,000 visitors…amazing! Well, a birthday like that should be celebrated with gifts and the $20 million grant from the Robert W. Woodruff Foundation represents just that.
Yes, we are losing the Cyclorama itself but there is always a silver lining, and the building that housed it will soon be transformed in to a state-of-the-art special event destination. Besides that, there are plans to construct a Grand Entry Plaza to the zoo, a parking solution such as a deck or underground option and a dramatic expansion of the zoo’s African elephant habitat which will more than triple in size by 2019. Other improvements include free Wi-Fi on the zoo grounds, the new VIP pass introduced over Spring Break and the soon to be unveiled Scaly Slimy Spectacular…the reptile and amphibian experience which opens in spring 2015. The 111,000 square foot complex cost $18 million and will be home to more than 60 animal species such as the newly acquired rare Cuban crocodile.
Seeing all of the kids and families that come to GP every day to spend quality time together and learn is so nice, and it gives us such a community feel on top of all the other great shops and restaurants that line our streets. This neighborhood continues to grow as a walkable, friendly, creative and smart place to live and raise a family. Please let me know if I can help you find a beautiful Victorian or charming bungalow to call home today.