|Zoo receives major donation|
|December 12, 2013 Jerry Purvis|
Photo by Jerry Purvis/Gering Citizen - Platte Valley Companies presents a $100,000 check to Riverside Discovery Center. From left are Danyel Rein, RDC Board Member; Tony Kaufman, RDC Board President; Hod Kosman, President/Chairman/CEO of Platte Valley Companies; Anne James, Executive Director of RDC; and Jamie Winters, RDC Board Member.
The Riverside Discovery Center in Scottsbluff is continuing its expansion with help of a $100,000 donation from Platte Valley Companies.
RDC is the consolidation of Don Steen’s Wildlife World, the Riverside Zoo and the Children’s University. The center will provide a hands-on learning facility focusing on conservation, education and the element of discovery.
“This is truly a great collaboration and we’re proud to support it,” said Hod Kosman, president and CEO of Platte Valley Companies. “The project will help foster the understanding, appreciation and education in regard to our natural world and our natural resources.”
RDC allows students from around the region to discover, explore, enjoy and learn about the natural sciences and history.
RDC Director Anne James said they’re moving forward on construction the heritage barn and the petting zoo.
“This will be a huge improvement to the zoo,” James said. “It opens up a whole new area that people haven’t had access to. It provides a circular path for visitors to come through the zoo.”
As the heritage barn continues to go up, weather permitting, the current playground will be moved to the north and expanded.
The overall master plan for the future also includes a band shell/educational stage for special events and animal education programs. Gardens are also in the plan for future construction.
“The beneficiary of this collaboration will be the communities and the more than 70,000 visitors to RDC every year,” Kosman said. “All of our companies are happy to say thank you for their vision. Good things in this community don’t just happen. They take a lot of hard work.”
James said RDC will be an entirely new zoo by spring when they kick off their summer season.