Utica Zoo soon gets neighbors


Construction continues on the NYPA Visitors center

Construction continues at Utica’s Roscoe Conkling Park. The New York Power Authority Visitors Center will be adjacent to the Utica Zoo.

Additionally, the construction will also bring new sidewalks and lighting to join the new entry way and parking lot. Funded completely by NYPA, the facility is expected to open next year.

Statement from the New York Power Authority: The New York Power Authority is constructing a new visitors center in Roscoe Conkling Park, adjacent to the Utica Zoo. NYPA has a great relationship with the Utica Zoo and has held its annual Wildlife Festival at the Zoo for more than 10 years. The location was selected to capitalize on, and amplify, the tourism experience for both facilities, Oneida County and New York State.

The admission-free facility will be financed by the New York Power Authority and is being designed in partnership with the Zoo, New York’s major utilities, the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) and other energy trade organizations. This new facility will host state-of-the-art exhibits focusing on the past, present and future of New York’s energy system, and will also include STEM programing for locals and tourists alike. 

The visitors center will be the public face of the Power Authority’s Frederick R. Clark Energy Center in Marcy, the hub of NYPA’s statewide power entity’s energy control operations.

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