BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Binghamton Zoo at Ross Park’s search for a new executive director has officially ended.
Binghamton native Phillip Ginter will take the reigns ahead of the Park’s 144th season. Ross Park says Ginter’s background in local community work, with non-profits like The United Way of Broome County, HealthLinkNY and the Broome County Arts Council, will be invaluable to the current staff.
Ginter says the fact that he grew up coming to Ross Park, combined with its rich history, has him incredibly excited to get started.
“We’ve been around since 1875, the fifth oldest zoo in the country, and actually the oldest park in the city of Binghamton. So, a lot of history here and we’re really looking forward to not only preserving the legacy of Ross Park, but also promoting a strong future,” said Ginter.
With Ross Park being on the side of a steep hill, Ginter says one of his main goals is to improve accessibility to the park.
“One of the things that I’m most excited about is some of the work that’s being done now, to make our zoo more accessible to people of all abilities. So, thanks to a grant from the City of Binghamton, we’ve had crews here all week laying down new concrete paths,” Ginter noted.
Ginter says the park will also have trams, meant to transport those who need help reaching the upper section of the zoo.
Ross park’s grand opening is scheduled for April 20th.