This is a wonderful idea, as reported by the Sacramento Bee.
What we really like about the Sacramento Zoo is that it’s an example of how well a nonprofit can manage, in contract with the city, a priceless public heritage; as we feel the Parkway should be managed.
An excerpt from the Bee article.
Could the former home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings one day be home to lions, tigers and bears?
It’s possible, said the Sacramento Zoo’s director, Jason Jacobs, who wants to move the beloved Land Park institution to more spacious digs elsewhere in the city.
The zoo has “looked at” property that housed Arco Arena, later called Sleep Train Arena, Jacobs said. The site fits some of the criteria that the zoo wants for its new home, including 180 acres for animals and exhibits and ample parking for visitors, he said.
Architectural renderings of the potential new zoo show a campus that includes a “drive-through African safari,” a hippo habitat and an “Australasia” feature.
The zoo has not contacted the Kings, who own the property in Natomas, nor determined what it would cost to demolish the arena and build a new zoo with a plethora of new structures and animals, said Jacobs.
“There is no agreement. We haven’t met with the owners of the land. We have looked at the site, but it doesn’t mean we’re moving there,” he said.
Mayor Darrell Steinberg said on Monday he likes the concept of creating an “iconic” wildlife park in the city, and said the Natomas site is worth exploring.
“While there’s a lot of work ahead to develop a solid finance plan, the idea deserves a full exploration,” Steinberg said. “The Kings themselves may have their own ideas. I look forward to considering those fully as well. The main thing is: Let’s get started on creating something great for Natomas, the city and the region.”
Sacramento City Councilwoman Angelique Ashby, who represents North Natomas, also said she thinks the zoo idea has merit.
“I think it has the potential for a very exciting reuse, a fantastic opportunity for the city on many levels,” she said.
Ashby has pushed the Kings to assure that the massive, now largely unused site in the center of North Natomas be redeveloped in a way that adds value and interest to the community.
The councilwoman said the Kings “appear to be open to a conversation” and “have a pretty open mind” about various potential reuses for the site.
Kings officials did not immediately respond to Bee requests for comment Monday. In a recent email to The Bee, team principal Vivek Ranadive hinted a development breakthrough may be near at the site.
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