Free admission for first 1,000 who ride MAX to zoo Aug. 8


Oregon Zoo and Explore Washington Park urge visitors to ride MAX and save

Here's a cool way to save a few bucks this month: MAX it to the Oregon Zoo for Second Tuesday.

On Tuesday, Aug. 8, the first 1,000 visitors who take MAX light rail to the zoo can get free admission courtesy of Explore Washington Park. To receive your free zoo ticket, show proof of ridership at the EWP stand on the street level of the Washington Park MAX station — look for the yellow umbrella beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The zoo's popular discount program offers a reduced admission price of $4 on the second Tuesday of each month and Second Tuesdays in summer are among the zoo's busiest days of the year. With the adjacent city parking lot typically reaching capacity by 11 a.m. or earlier, officials are urging visitors to take MAX to the zoo rather than driving.

"We hate for people to show up and be disappointed when they can't park," said Ivan Ratcliff, the zoo's guest services manager. "So our partners at Explore Washington Park are offering this special to encourage people to take MAX instead."

Even for those who aren't among the first 1,ooo riders, MAX is still the way to go, according to Ratcliff.

"MAX is a great way to get to the zoo," he said. "I ride it to work every day — the Washington Park stop lets you off just in front of the zoo entrance. You avoid traffic, don't have to worry about parking — and with our regular $1.50 TriMet discount, your Second Tuesday admission is only $2.50."

MAX and bus discounts require proof of ridership.

Explore Washington Park started operating as a 501c3 in partnership with Portland Parks and Recreation in January 2014 to provide transportation management and information services to people visiting Washington Park — including the Oregon Zoo, Portland Children's Museum, World Forestry Center, Hoyt Arboretum, Portland Japanese Garden and International Rose Test Garden — with the goal of increasing access and visitor satisfaction. EWP operations are primarily funded through paid parking revenues.

The Oregon Zoo is a service of Metro and is dedicated to its mission of inspiring the community to create a better future for wildlife. Committed to conservation, the zoo is currently working to save endangered California condors, Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits, Oregon silverspot and Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies, Western pond turtles and Oregon spotted frogs. Other projects include studies on black rhinos, Asian elephants, polar bears and bats.
The zoo relies in part on community support through donations to the Oregon Zoo Foundation to undertake these and many other animal welfare, education and sustainability programs. The zoo is located five minutes from downtown Portland, just off Highway 26 at exit 72. The zoo is also accessible by MAX light rail line. Visitors who travel to the zoo via MAX receive $1.50 off zoo admission. Find fare and route information online or by calling TriMet Customer Service at 503-238-RIDE (7433).
General zoo admission is $10.50 (ages 12-64), $9 for seniors (65 and up), $7.50 for children (ages 3-11) and free for those 2 and younger; 25 cents of the admission price helps fund regional conservation projects through the zoo’s Future for Wildlife program. A parking fee of $4 per car is also required. Additional information is available by calling 503-226-1561.

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