Zoo, Walmart partner for another year of discounts

July 9, 2012 - 2:04pm

Zoo urges Second Tuesday guests to ride MAX for additional savings

The Walmart Foundation has renewed its presenting sponsorship of the Oregon Zoo's popular Second Tuesdays program, which offers visitors a chance to see the zoo for the reduced price of $4 per person on the second Tuesday of each month.

"Thanks to Walmart's continued support, more of our community can enjoy the zoo and learn about wildlife conservation," said Kim Smith, zoo director. "It's a tough economy, and we don't want the price of admission to be a barrier for anyone."

"Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are pleased to extend support for the zoo's Second Tuesday program for another year," said Matti Havener, Walmart regional general manager for its stores in Oregon and Washington. "It's our hope that even more families will benefit from this program, allowing them to save money for additional family activities."

Paired with some long-awaited sunny weather, the discount could make this month's Second Tuesday, July 10, one of the zoo's busiest. Over the past few years, the zoo has averaged close to 14,000 visitors on its July reduced-admission day, with the parking lot usually reaching capacity before noon. Officials are urging visitors to take MAX or a TriMet bus to the zoo rather than driving. Learn more about getting to the zoo.

"Second Tuesdays in the summertime are often our busiest days of the year," Smith said. "We highly encourage visitors to use public transportation. You'll avoid the heavy traffic, you won't have to worry about parking, and you'll save even more on the price of admission."

Visitors who ride MAX or the bus to the zoo receive $1.50 off admission and also avoid the $4 per vehicle parking fee. Discounts require proof of ridership.

The zoo's Second Tuesday program is presented by Walmart with additional support from The Standard.