Jackson Zoo Opens Aug. 21; National Park Service Asks For Andrew Jackson Statue

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New information has emerged about plans to reopen the Jackson Zoo after it closed last year. Opening later this month, the zoo will offer weekend visits and limit the number of visitors.

"The goal is (to open on) August the 21st; we will have a soft opening for the (zoo) members," Director of Parks and Recreational Services Ison B. Harris Jr. told the Jackson City Council Finance Committee Tuesday when he presented the department’s budget. "It will be opened just on Saturdays and Sundays, and it will be limited hours, (with) limited people that can actually come (in), and we are going to do that until the end of this fiscal year (Sept. 30)."

Harris said a lot of effort went into getting the zoo up and running after it closed in September 2019.

"We did a lot of work, extensive work out there in the zoo. On this Wednesday (yesterday), we are going out there and doing a kind of a clean-up," Harris said. "It's been a long haul (to get here)."

Mayor Chokwe A. Lumumba told the city council on July 21 that the City had received a temporary exhibitor's license for the zoo, which he said paved the way for “soft opening” this month because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Andrew Jackson Statue Relocation

The statue of former President Andrew Jackson who was a slave owner who helped drive Native Americans off their lands, in front of the Jackson City Hall may soon have a new home. Mayor Lumumba informed the city council Tuesday during the budget presentation before the finance committee that the City will not need to spend any money on the proposed relocation.

"We have been talking about the Andrew Jackson statue. The National Park Service has reached out to the City of Jackson and has offered to

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