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Grover's Bend in Riverside Park to open this weekend

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Victoria Parks Department reports that Grover's Bend in Riverside Park will be open this weekend. The fall zone was replaced and the playground repaired. 

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Riverside Stadium Turf 

Riverside Stadium's infield has now been completely covered with a new artificial Field Turf. This was the scene I saw at Riverside Monday afternoon, after workers from Hellas Construction in Austin worked all weekend long to install the new turf. The workers told me they are not done yet. They still have to put in the foul lines and the on-deck circles, and the pellets of ground up Nikes still have to be put into the turf. The workers told me they hope to get done by Thursday. This replaces the turf that was ruined by the Guadalupe River flooding in August caused by Harvey. Victoria Generals G.M. Mike Yokum told me what he thought of the project's progress. "They made great progress on it over the weekend and it looks like it's just about finished. A couple more days and a lot of little details to be wrapped up. All in all it looks really good, looks sharp."

Texas Zoo Continues To Recover Since Harvey

"The building that used to be called The Den where all of the snakes resided and the gift shop suffered the most damage," said Liz Jensen.

The Texas Zoo is working very fast to fix their buildings. The animals are faring well. The lion exhibit needs a little more work before they come back soon. The lions are currently at the Austin Zoo. Liz Jensen director at the zoo is excited for the upcoming future.

"We are going to do a lot of programming featuring our kids and adults. The goal is for them to interact with the animals and we are going to have space to hold sleepovers. We could also rent out space for events at night," said Boughal.

Summer will be here soon and volunteers are needed to assist. It is a great way to gain experience to be a zookeeper or be an educator in your future," said Katie Boughal. The zoo is very thankful for all of the donations received so far in its recovery. The public coming out and supporting their events are huge especially wild about wine which will be next Saturday. "Wild About Wine is a fundraiser for us. Our day to day operations can't be held without this event. It is also a great way to give back to the community.," said Boughal.

World Otter Day is May 30th and the Texas Zoo will have fun events to bring awareness to the day. Across the world, there are 13 species of otters. Many of the otters are endangered. In the United States, we have the North American River Otter. According to the International Otter Survival Fund website, they are found pretty much everywhere from Alaska to Texas. For more information on otters click here: http://www.otter.org/Public/AboutOtters_OtterSpecies.aspx?speciesID=10

Jensen adds you can expect some surprises along the way in the nearby future at the zoo. 

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