Support the SPLOST proposal to Modernize Bear Hollow Zoo

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Bear Hollow Zoo (AKA Bear Hollow Wildlife Trail) is an important part of our community and we want to give back to the animals and facility we love.

Working with the Athens-Clarke County Leisure Services staff, the Friends of Bear Hollow, Inc. submitted a proposal that implements nearly all of the zoo improvements that were envisioned by the community at the Memorial Park visioning sessions held in 2017. If the project is included and the SPLOST package is supported by the voters, the zoo will be completely rebuilt and replaced to create a facility that is modern, convenient, and reflects the deep commitment and respect our community holds for environmental education.

It’s been over 30 years since significant investment was made in the facility. It’s been well-loved over the years - thousands of visitors, students, scout and civic groups have enjoyed the environmental education programming and visiting the non-releasable, native wildlife that call Bear Hollow home. We have reached a critical moment, and the zoo risks being “loved to death” without significant reinvestment.

We the undersigned endorse and support modernization for Bear Hollow Zoo. We wholeheartedly request that you make this project a top priority for SPLOST 2020.