San Antonio Zoo steps up to save iconic Kiddie Park


SAN ANTONIO - Everybody who grew up in San Antonio probably remembers many childhood memories at Kiddie Park.

The iconic attraction, which was established in 1925, is moving to a new home at San Antonio Zoo.

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After the lack of parking and visitor attendance dropping drastically in recent years, the owners of Kiddie Park and the San Antonio Zoo came together to help save this San Antonio treasure.

“It made great sense to hand off Kiddie Park to San Antonio Zoo,” said Rad Weaver, co-owner of Kiddie Park. “My family, my partners and our team took great pride in restoring Kiddie Park in 2009 and wanted to ensure that it was here many more years for the families of San Antonio to enjoy. San Antonio Zoo and this location is the perfect fit,” said Weaver.

“We all have a special place in our hearts for Kiddie Park and did not want to see it go the way of Playland Park or other lost attractions we all grew up with.” said Brent Conger, co-owner of Kiddie Park. “The zoo has decades of experience with ride operations, the train, their own carousel and an infrastructure that will greatly benefit Kiddie Park operations and the visitor experience,” stated Conger.

“Our goal for Kiddie Park is to honor and maintain its look and feel while offering the same experience generations of visitors have come to know and love. Both Kiddie Park and San Antonio Zoo have rich histories, and are deeply woven into the fabric of our community and in our memories.” said Tim Morrow, said CEO of San Antonio Zoo. “Now when visitors purchase a ticket to ride these iconic rides they are not only having fun, they are supporting our zoo’s mission,” said Morrow.

Parking at and around the zoo is doubling this fall with the addition of a new parking garage and will greatly increase the ability for visitors to access all the amenities in the area. Kiddie Park will reside inside the zoo’s existing footprint adjacent to the San Antonio River allowing visitors entry without zoo admission.