Bloedel to remain open, petting zoo axed
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, September 21, 2010 7:57AM PDT
One popular tourist attraction in Vancouver will stay, but a second has been denied a reprieve by the Vancouver Park Board.
Commissioners have voted unanimously to allow the glass-domed Bloedel Conservatory in central Vancouver's Queen Elizabeth Park to remain in operation.
The decision reverses a vote nearly one year ago to close the aging structure when the cash-strapped board could not afford necessary upgrades to the conservatory.
Monday night's decision cements efforts by two local groups to assume management of the conservatory, its tropical plants, koi ponds and more than 100 exotic birds.
However, the board voted to close the children's petting zoo in Stanley Park when no workable proposals to save the decades-old attraction were received.
Animals, including donkeys, sheep, rabbits, a llama and a pot bellied pig, will be sent to approved facilities and the zoo is slated to close on Jan. 2, 2011.