Bids open for Columbian Park penguin exhibit

The Columbian Park Zoo is another step closer to a penguin exhibit.

Posted: Mar 26, 2019 12:10 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — The Columbian Park Zoo is another step closer to a penguin exhibit.

On Tuesday, bids opened for the project, and now contractors will be submitting their best price. The bids will be reviewed and then a decision will be made.

Park Superintendent Claudine Laufman said the parks department has been working with other city offices in preparation for the project.

"The waterworks department, as well as Renew, will be doing some infrastructure improvements to help prep the site for the upcoming penguin construction," she said.

Laufman said it's been a long process getting to this point.

"The penguin exhibit has been one that has been talked about for many, many years when we first developed our master plan," Laufman explained. "So, to actually see it come to fruition is really exciting."

Laufman said they hope to get a contract approved in the next couple of weeks, and groundbreaking will start soon after that happens.

The project will take about ten months to finish.

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