Pedestrian bridge for Riverbanks Zoo and Garden opens

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Ribbon-Cutting-1_BodyRiverbanks Zoo held a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning to open their new pedestrian bridge. The bridge was funded by the Richland County Transportation Penny Program and marks the final phase of Destination Riverbanks, a $40 million expansion at the zoo.

Situated over the CSX railroad tracks, the 115-foot bridge will provide safe access for visitors walking to the zoo entrance from the north parking lot. Stairs and elevators are located at both the north and south side of the railroad tracks, so visitors may access the zoo safely, regardless of ability and mobility.

Ribbon-Cutting-2_BodyAdditional Destination Riverbanks projects include a new entrance plaza, parking additions, new grizzly bear and otter habitats, Sea Lion Landing, Waterfall Junction, and a three-acre children’s garden. These new features provide entertainment and fun for visitors of all ages.

During construction of Destination Riverbanks, the entire project team worked responsibly to create safe, sustainable animal habitats and additions at the zoo. Mead & Hunt provided construction inspection services during each phase of construction and are excited to explore these new exhibits with our families and friends.

Ribbon-Cutting-3_BodyWhether your next visit is ZOOfari or Boo at the Zoo, be sure to join us in congratulating the Riverbanks Zoo and Garden on their tremendous growth.

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Brittany Williams, CPSM has an established background in community involvement and garnering public rapport. As a Riverbanks Zoo member and native of Columbia, she knows the people and has established relationships with a variety of businesses and community leaders. Connectivity and community brings a city together, and Brittany understands how to make that happen.

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