The meeting was held outside around the aviary so that the council and zoo board members could view the structure and its needed revamping.
Both the zoo board and council members agreed that upkeep at the zoo is vital to the community and visitors to Watertown.
Executive Director at the zoo, Dr. John Scott Foster, said that the aviary needs to remain a structure that can be used as an educational site. He continued that, “I just don’t see it as an exhibit the way it is.”
Dr. Foster also explained that the structural aspect of the building doesn’t lend well to the viewing of the native birds in the exhibit because of its height and the type of chain link on the buildings exterior.
The zoo's President of the board of directors, Peter W. Schmitt, said he would like to see the structure enclosed so it can, “meet the mission and vision of the zoo.”
City Council members asked that a plan be presented once the financial aspects could be worked out, and a plan on remodeling or expanding the facilities.
The avairy is closed now. A proposal plan should be available to council by the late fall.
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