CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo says its one-day attendance record was broken thanks to a charitable foundation that provided free admission for visitors.
Zoo officials say more than 35,000 people visited the zoo Saturday. That topped the previous one-day attendance of more than 24,000 set in 2011 by nearly 11,000. The (Cleveland) Plain Dealer reports that by noon, all of the zoo's parking lots were jammed and Cleveland police and Cleveland Metroparks rangers directed traffic on surrounding roads most of the day.
The Cleveland Foundation made the zoo admission-free for the day as a gift to the community in celebration of the charitable foundation's creation 100 years ago.
The foundation established in 1914 is one of the largest community foundations, with assets of $2 billion and 2013 grants of $89 million.
Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com