Springfield Mayor Denis McDaniel hopes the zoo becomes an even greater attraction than it was before.
"Anytime anyone recovers from such hardships you have to cheer them on," he
said the township has just started work on a passive recreation park next to the zoo that will have a walking track, playground, gazebo and partial basketball court and will give visitors and town folk something else to do as well.
Excavating equipment was operating Wednesday at the planned park, which is being financed with a $250,000 open-space grant from the Burlington County government.
"You don't expect a zoo in a natural setting like this, but it all kind of fits together," McDaniel