Prospect Park Zoo remains closed, leaving neighbors concerned over impacts of extended closure after heavy rainstorms

In a press release, the zoo said it suffered "millions of dollars of damage" and 25 feet of water in its basements from the rain runoff and overflowing sewers.

Julio Avila and News 12 Staff

Oct 17, 2023, 9:46 PM

Updated 271 days ago

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Following flooding from the remnants of Tropical Storm Ophelia, the Prospect Park Zoo has remained closed due to severe damages. 
Carter Pryor was a bit disappointed as he and his family walked through Prospect Park and made their way to the Prospect Park Zoo.
"I wanted to see the animals," Pryor said. "This is like the one of the first zoos that we've ever been to in New York."
The Pryor family visited from Texas and walked away from the entrance as soon as they saw the "closed" banner on the zoo's gate. The Prospect Park Zoo remains closed due to the heavy rains and floods that pummeled Brooklyn two weeks ago.
"If the zoo is not open, I'm sure it'll be a loss for the children," resident Andrew Beard said.
Beard walked by the zoo and said he feared the zoo's extended closure could have an adverse impact on the community. Carlos Oplacio felt the same way as he also walked by.
"We don't have a lot of open spaces and the zoo is one of those types of spaces," Oplacio said. "It affords adults and children a way of relaxing. It's a nice thing to have."
In a press release, the zoo said it suffered "millions of dollars of damage" and 25 feet of water in its basements from the rain runoff and overflowing sewers.
The water impacted vital systems, such as HVAC and electrical components needed for operations. The zoo said it was able to pump out the water and begin fixing the damages.
None of the animals were harmed from the floods or technical failures and the zoo's staff continuously tended for the animals.
The Prospect Park Zoo does not have a set date as to when it will reopen. Banners on the gates tell people to check the zoo's website for the latest information and updates.
"My hope is that it comes back even stronger than it was in the past," Beard said.


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