POSTED: Monday, August 5, 2013 - 4:24pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, August 6, 2013 - 7:29am
BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — The Mitte Cultural District contains some of Brownsville's finest attractions including Dean Porter Park, Washington park and Gladys Porter Zoo. But the city may be planning on taking this a step further by possibly adding more restaurants and shopping.
“The Mitte Cultural District Organization is looking at different, uh, opportunities and different options, uh, to further develop that area but also retain, uh, visitors and tourists in the area, you know, so that they can experience Brownsville.”
In and of itself, the Gladys Porter Zoo attracts a significant amount of visitors to Brownsville, and officials are hoping the possibility of more downtown attractions in the Mitte Cultural District will keep people in the city.
“We bring from 300 back in the early days to more than 400 thousand people to the zoo, to Brownsville from all parts of the Rio Grande Valley and all parts of the United States.”
“Because Gladys Porter Zoo is one of Brownsville’s biggest attractions, many city officials are open to the idea of having more retail shops and restaurants for visitors to go to afterwards.”
“Every year for the past 25 years, more people go to zoos and aquariums than all the professional and collegiate athletic events combined. Zoos are extremely popular and they cut across all socioeconomic levels and barriers.”
“The question zoo visitors always ask when they’re leaving is ‘where can we go eat?’ or ‘where can we hang out afterward?’ when we’ve spent the entire day at the zoo.
Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.