Frankfort's TPA Park leaders encouraging people to enjoy its aviary and zoo

Frankfort's TPA Park leaders are encouraging families to take advantage of the zoo this season.

Posted: Sep 12, 2020 6:37 PM

FRANKFORT, Ind. (WLFI) -- Frankfort's TPA Park leaders are encouraging families to take advantage of the zoo this season.

After the weekend of Sept. 19 - 20, the TPA Aviary is closing. This is to protect the birds as the weather starts getting colder.

The petting zoo will stay open until the end of October. The aviary and petting zoo has shifted to only operating on the weekends now. The hours are from 1 to 3 p.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Masks and social distancing are required.

Despite Covid-19, zoo managers say the season has been steady. Zoo matron Melanie Byers said it's stayed fairly safe for visitors.

"It's beneficial in that they still have somewhere to go," said Byers. "We're using the masks, we're using the hand sanitizers, and stuff like that so we're using caution but it's still someplace to go that doesn't cost anything."

Byers is happy the park has stayed useful for families  especially during this pandemic.

"Money's just short anyways you not with just Covid but that does make it worse so just the fact that it's free I think is great," said Byers. "People can come out here and bring a picnic lunch with you and it's a nice place to come to and visit."

The Aviary and Zoo are adjusting hours because of fewer visitors as school starts up again.

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