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Closed Potawatomi Park makes for a confusing day for zoo visitors


Potawatomi Zoo was ready for business Wednesday morning, but Potawatomi Park lagged behind while crews were still working to clean up storm damage.

The zoo announced via Twitter this morning that they would be opening at 10:00am. However, the entrance to the zoo requires visitors to travel on a road through Potawatomi Park, which is still closed after receiving extensive storm damage earlier this week. People attempting to visit the zoo Wednesday morning told FOX28 they found the road to the entrance blocked by police, and many walked over to nearby Kid's Kingdom while they waited for the zoo to open.

When a FOX28 crew came to scene at 12:15pm, the road to the entrance was still blocked as police taped off the entire closed portions of the park. Potawatomi Zoo officials and the South Bend Mayor's office both confirmed staff from the Department of Safety & Risk management examined the entrance route as zoo staff worked to clear the area of debris.

Marcy Dean of the Potawatomi Zoo sent a release around 3:00pm Wednesday saying the zoo was now open, but a portion of the facility was still without power and phone calls cannot be answered. Full power is expected to be restored by the weekend.


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