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New multi-million dollar playground coming to Tulsa Zoo

Posted at 5:50 AM, Oct 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-10 06:50:18-04

TULSA - The Tulsa Zoo is continuing to make changes as it expands.

The zoo is holding a ground breaking ceremony Thursday morning to introduce it's newest feature Helmerich "Behaving Like Animals" playground.

You won't see it anywhere else because it was designed just for the zoo.

The last piece of the old equipment was removed about a month ago to make way for this new $3 million playground.

This is the first project in Phase 2 of the zoo's Capital Campaign which started several years ago.

When it's completed, the playground will feature animal-shaped equipment and musical instruments.

Kids can play and mimic the movements and motions of the animals in the zoo.

"There will be nine areas of the playground," Monica Ericson-Simmons, Director of Development, said. "They're all age appropriate. They're also inclusive and accessible to all children, all capabilities. They'll all include some sort of sensory play for children who may not be able to climb and swing as others can."

There will also be a skywalk with a great view of the zoo.

It's all expected to open next spring just in time for warmer weather.

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