Oklahoma’s state parks system is under a new management and funding system that will include a new $2.5 billion zoo, the Oklahoman reports.
Under the new system, park officials will be able to focus more on conservation efforts, including building and managing habitat and promoting wildlife viewing, according to the paper.
Oklahoma State Parks President and CEO Jeff Buss told the paper that the zoo will open in 2019 and provide a variety of wildlife viewing opportunities.
The state has also decided to re-open some national monuments and the Big Bend, and the parks have received millions of dollars in federal funding.
The parks also are expected to host more events and events with children.
The Oklahoman reports the new state parks management system will also allow park officials to more easily implement conservation plans, like planting trees, protecting wildlife, and promoting more open spaces.
Oklahoma has been considering revising its state parks systems for a few years now.
Last year, the Oklahoma Department of Conservation and Natural Resources proposed revising the park system to provide better access to parks, which would be easier to manage.
A separate plan for revising park systems in the state of Kansas is also currently under review.