Last week’s community meeting on the Stone Zoo was very well attended. The zoo is an important part of our community, and many people spoke up in favor of preserving it.
Here is a message that Stone Zoo President and CEO John Linehan sent out after the meeting:
We would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who attended last night’s Stone Zoo community meeting. It was incredibly touching to hear so many personal stories about Stone Zoo and why it’s important to you and your families.
A lot of you asked what you can do to support Stone Zoo. Whether by becoming a member, volunteer or donor, attending one of the Zoo’s many events, purchasing an item off of our Wish List, or by telling friends, family and elected officials why the Zoo means so much to you, there are so many ways to get involved and show your support.
A decision regarding Stone Zoo’s accreditation, which is tabled due to longstanding deferred maintenance issues, will be made in September by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. Currently, Governor Charlie Baker and Secretary Jay Ash of the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development are considering Zoo New England’s request for release of $3 million in capital funding for deferred maintenance for our Zoos, particularly Stone Zoo. All of your calls and e-mails truly make a difference and it’s not too late to share with elected officials why Stone Zoo is important to you.
If you would like to voice your support for Stone Zoo, you can contact Secretary Ash and Governor Baker with the information below. Please be sure to thank them for their consideration!
Governor Charlie Baker: Charlie.Baker@state.ma.us or 617-725-4005
Secretary Jay Ash: Jay.Ash@state.ma.us or 617-788-3610
Thank you again for all of your ideas, support and advocacy!
President and CEO