Zoological center coming to Fruita

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Grand Junction, Colo. (KKCO) – Plans are now in motion to add a new zoological center in Fruita. On Tuesday night, in a workshop meeting, the Fruita City Council agreed to lease out ten acres to the Grand Valley Zoological Quest.

The land that will be leased for the center will be where the sewer lagoons are being reclaimed off of Raptor Road.

It will have an aquatics center and an in-door rainforest with birds. City officials say it has the potential to add a lot to the south side of Fruita. "It will capture tourist on I-70, having the I-70 frontage and visitor center, it well also be a great complement to the dinosaur museum that we have now. It will also serve a lot of students in the Valley and the Delta, Montrose areas for field trips and things of that nature," says Lori Buck, mayor of Fruita.

Even though the plans for the center are in place, construction is still down the road as the sewer lagoons won't be fully reclaimed until the end of this year.

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