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Major Improvements On the Horizon For Reykjavík Zoo and Family Park

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Major Improvements On the Horizon For Reykjavík Zoo and Family Park

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Photo: Páll Stefánsson.

Reykjavík’s City Council approved ISK 85 million [$831,300] on improvements on Húsdýragarðurinn Family Park and Zoo, RÚV reports.

Located in the Laugardalur recreation area right next to the Reykjavík Botanical Garden, Húsdýragarðurinn is a small-scale zoo and mini-amusement park. The zoo is primarily home to domestic and farm animals, such as pigs, chickens, birds, goats, rabbits, horses and cows, as well as wild animals such as reindeer, Arctic foxes, and seals. The amusement park has a number of rides and attractions for children, including a carousel, a zipline, playground equipment, and more. A significant portion of the new funding will go towards improving the habitats for the animals, with ISK 30 million [$293,400] to be spent on renovations and modifications to the pig house, along with extensions to the wild animal habitats, which can also be used as temporary enclosures for lost dogs.

ISK 10 million [$97,900] will be spent to replace the children’s castle on the family side of the park, and ISK 6.5 million [$63,635] will be used to restore 20 cars used for the children’s ‘driving school’ and race track. There are also plans to purchase interactive playground equipment that can be navigated with smartphone apps and touchscreens for ISK 6 million [$58,740], as well as three “interactive mobile devices” for another ISK 6 million.

Additional improvements will include the deepening of the boating lake, maintenance on the playground ship Naglfarið, refurbishing the paving throughout the park, replacing the recycling bins, renovating feeding facilities for the animals, and making improvements to the restaurant.

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