Binghamton- Ross Park Adaptive Reuse Plan
The City of Binghamton is home to the fifth oldest zoo in the United States. Opened in 1875, Ross Park was a popular 19th century public recreational facility with animal exhibits, amusement park rides, walking trails, and pavilions. A stone pillared gate, constructed in 1896, welcomed visitors arriving by carriage and electric trolley. Over time, Ross Park needed to accommodate to automobiles so activity shifted further away from the historic entrance. The City of Binghamton and Binghamton Zoo have requested an adaptive reuse plan for the historic entrance and walking path in order to better connect the rest of the park to a significant piece of its history.