Support Local Journalism. Join Riverfront Times Press Club.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Saint Louis Zoo Will Remain Free for All -- Even "Zoosiers"

Posted By on Tue, Feb 16, 2010 at 4:09 PM

Even if you're from -- omigod! -- Jefferson County, they'll still let you in. For free. - IMAGE SOURCE
  • Image source
  • Even if you're from -- omigod! -- Jefferson County, they'll still let you in. For free.
Mayor Slay just Tweeted earlier this afternoon that the Saint Louis Zoo will remain free for all visitors. "A gift from city and county taxpayers," he writes.

Last week the Missouri Senate had voted to endorse a bill that would have allowed the four institutions in Forest Park -- the zoo, the Saint Louis Art Museum, the Missouri History Museum and the Saint Louis Science Center -- to charge admission for visitors who did not live in the city or county.

But Kara Bowlin, the mayor's press secretary, says that even if the bill does pass in the state senate, the zoo will not exercise the option to charge admission fees.

State Senator Joan Bray, who represents University City, had introduced the measure as an option for the zoo and museums to get more revenue. State law currently mandates that the zoo and museums be free for all because they receive tax support from the city and county. The Missouri Botanical Garden, however, already charges admission.

So much for fears that the zoo would be losing one of its most entertaining attraction: the "zoosiers."

Tags: ,

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Riverfront Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Riverfront Times Club for as little as $5 a month.

Read the Digital Print Issue

July 21, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In St. Louis

© 2021 Riverfront Times

Website powered by Foundation