Riverside Discovery Center received a $12,000 check this week from Scotts Bluff County Tourism that will jump-start their efforts to raise money to upgrade the splash pad at the Scottsbluff zoo.
After County Tourism Director Brenda Leisy presented the check Wednesday, Director Anthony Mason told KNEB News $75,000 needs to be raised overall for the project, which would improve and extend the life of one of the zoo’s main summer attractions.
“The splash pad is over 10 years old now, and it’s just showing wear and tear, and age,” said Mason. “So, now is the time to work on these improvements, upgrade it for the longevity of the splash pad, so families can enjoy it for years to come.”
Improvements will include a new colorful anti-slip surface, an expanded seating area with umbrellas, fencing and lighting, as well as a ‘bear water tower’ similar to the Bear Brothers exhibit.
Mason says they’re hoping to have the project completed by summer of next year, and you can help with donations online at riversidediscoverycenter.org/splashpad, by mail, or donating in person.