On Thursday the Abilene City Council voted to allow alcohol sales at the Abilene Zoological Gardens for fundraisers after regular zoo hours. The measure passed with a 5-2 vote. Council members Joe Spano and Stormy Higgins voted against it, according to a City of Abilene press release.
This amendment to the Municipal Code will allow the use and/or sale of alcoholic beverages at the zoo for invitation-only fundraising events, and only after 6 p.m. when the zoo is closed. It limits alcohol in the perimter of the zoo fence or in the zoo's educational building. The amendment was recommended by the Parks and Recreation Board.
In order for an organization to serve alcohol at the zoo, a permit must be obtained. A licensed caterer must also be used, and security must be provided.
The AO (Agrilcuture Open Space) Zoning District will also be amended, which will allow the Municipal Golf Course Advisory Board to consider allowing alcohol sales at Maxwell Municipal Golf Course as well.
In other zoo news, Saturday will be the first opportunity for the public to own locally produced artwork depicting the giraffes from the Abilene Zoo. Mo Parker, a senior planner for the City of Abilene, is the artist.
Parker's art will be available for purchase at the Abilene Zoo on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the zoo gift shop in the form of a print or T-shirt. Proceeds will benefit the zoo. This artwork depicting the famous Abilene Zoo giraffes is the first in a series by Parker, entitled Icons of the Abilene Zoo.