Riverside Discovery Center receives grant for bear exhibit

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SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. The Riverside Discovery Center receives $360,000 for the construction of their grizzly bear exhibit.

This exhibit will be one of the biggest displays in the country once it’s completed. It will include a climbing water tower structure and pool to play in. (Brian Sherrod, KNEP)

The City of Gering submitted an application for a $300,000 grant with the USDA Rural Economic Development Loan/Grant Program.

It provides a 0% interest, 10 year loan to Riverside Discovery Center.

The Gering City Council approved a 20% match of $60,000.

“We really appreciate all the support we get from everybody in the area,” said Anthony Mason, Zoo Director. “It helps us keep this zoo for the community and conduct milestone projects like this one that is going to be big for tourism attractions for the area.”

The exhibit will house the two orphaned grizzly bear cubs whose mother was killed illegally in Wyoming.

This exhibit will be one of the biggest displays in the country once it’s completed.

It will include a climbing water tower structure and pool to play in.

“This is an exciting project,” said Tony Kaufman, Mayor of Gering. “The zoo has a special place in my heart as well as many of our council members. We think it’s a great asset to continue to invest in the community. We think it’s something that we can build as we look at further tourism investments in the region.”

The Riverside Discovery Center is now $40,000 to $50,000 away from their overall goal.