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San Antonio Zoo taking over Kiddie Park on Broadway

April 9, 2019

The San Antonio Zoo will take over the Kiddie Park on Broadway and move it to the zoo this summer, officials announced Tuesday.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Burgeoning development and limited parking around Kiddie Park, established in 1925, has made it harder for people to access the attraction, according to a statement posted on the zoo’s Facebook page. The zoo is adding a new parking garage and doubling its parking this fall.

Kiddie Park will be situated near the San Antonio River, and people will be able to visit without paying for admission to the zoo. The zoo plans to “honor and maintain its look and feel,” CEO Tim Morrow said.

Rad Weaver, co-owner of Kiddie Park and CEO of McCombs Partners, said “it made great sense” to transfer the attraction to the zoo.

“My family, my partners and our team took great pride in restoring Kiddie Park in 2009 and wanted to ensure that it was here many more years for the families of San Antonio to enjoy,” he said. “San Antonio Zoo and this location is the perfect fit.”

Another co-owner, Brent Conger, said they didn’t want to see Kiddie Park “go the way of Playland Park or other lost attractions we all grew up with.”

The zoo’s experience managing rides and infrastructure will be a boon for the park, he said.