Mno.hu writes that the foundation stone of the Pannon Park, which presents the onetime flora and fauna of the Carpathian Basin, was laid on Tuesday. Minister of Human Resources Zoltán Balog said that a communal area offering a family-friendly environment, unique experiences and 21st century relaxation will be built in the Budapest Zoo.
The minister added that the complex, which costs 43.7 billion forints (~EUR 140m), will be the home of an outdoor runway, a 1.7 hectare hypermodern biodome, and the biggest and most modern aquarium of Central Europe. The built-up area of the Pannon Park will reach 34,000 m2.
According to the minister, the hard work of the past years resulted in outstanding developments and investments that form Budapest’s new image. He highlighted that Budapest was a European city capable of attracting people desiring quality entertainment.
István Tarlós, the Mayor of Budapest said that the five hectare Pannon Park, which will be built at the location of the onetime amusement park, will be the biggest development in the history of the zoo. Furthermore, the biodome presenting the onetime flora and fauna of the Carpathian Basin will be an architectural, botanical and zoological wonder at the same time.
The organic space will be open all year around and will be the home of 1400 tree-size plants and a smaller elephant herd.
Moreover, the biodome will recycle the thermal heat and rainwater of Budapest. The development also means the creation of a new green zone in the city, since the four hectare concrete surface of the onetime amusement park will be populated with exotic plants.
The mayor believes that Pannon Park is the proof that, despite the rumours, the government and the city authorities work together successfully.
There have been three outstandingly great developments in the history of the zoo. The first was the opening of the zoo in 1866, the second was the construction of the main gate, the elephant house, the palm-house and the rocks between 1909 and 1912. The third is the Pannon Park, which director-general Miklós Persányi believes to be a unique opportunity and which will be completed by the end of the decade.
He added that the new exhibitions and the animal park of the Once Upon A Time Castle are expected to be opened next spring. Also, a big parking lot and a new service zone were recently built in the expanded area of the zoo.
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