Merry Go Round
San Antonio's iconic Kiddie Park amusement park whirls into new location
After a tilt-a-whirl few months, San Antonio Zoo and Brackenridge Park Conservancy have reached an agreement regarding the city's iconic Kiddie Park.
Earlier this year, the nearly 100-year-old amusement park announced it was relocating from its original location near the corner of Broadway and Mulberry streets to the grounds of the San Antonio Zoo. Originally, the zoo had planned to relocate Kiddie Park, believed to be the country's oldest children's amusement park, to the spot on the banks of the San Antonio River, something that worried the conservancy. According to a June 6 statement, the zoo has decided on a different spot for the park after the conservancy voiced its concerns.
"The Conservancy agreed that the new location mitigates concerns about the impact the original location would have had on the park," the organization says in a statement about the decision, "particularly on a tranquil area along the banks of the San Antonio River."
Kiddie Park's new location will be adjacent to the zoo's entrance. According to the San Antonio Express-News, the amusement park will be accessible to both zoo visitors and non-visitors (meaning those who just want to visit Kiddie Park). CultureMap has reached out for clarifying details on entry and fees, and will update when those are confirmed.
According to Kiddie Park, the last day at the original Broadway location is July 4. The park should reopen in August, though an exact date was not specified.
Today's news is a win for the zoo, the conservancy and the city itself, which has counted Kiddie Park among San Antonio's premier attractions since 1925.
“We appreciate that the San Antonio Zoo leadership understood the importance of assessing how any proposed addition to the zoo will affect the park as a whole,” says Lynn Osborne Bobbitt, Brackenridge Park Conservancy's executive director. “The Conservancy thanks the Zoo for taking another look at its master plan to find a solution.”