Hollywild holds public forum on future plans


The Hollywild Animal Park will have a public forum Wednesday morning for the community to share their goals for the animal park’s future.

The forum will be held on Wednesday, February 24 from 8:30 a.m.- 9:30 a.m. and community members are asked to RSVP by Monday, February 22 by calling (864) 472-2038.  The event will be held at the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, 105 N. Pine Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302.

The Hollywild’s new executive director, board members, and staff will give a brief presentation about the park’s history and current management plan.

Executive Director Kim Atchley told 7 News that she ultimately wants to keep the park open and grow and improve to continue to benefit and educate the public but she said if the community doesn’t want the park to stay in operation than it may have to close.

Atchley said in the past the park has been able to maintain operation through admission dollars but now needs $500,000 to stay open and take care of animals.

That money would go toward improving the animal exhibits like the cougars, funding for new buses and walkways as suggested in the USDA report.

This is the first large scale fundraiser the park has ever held in the 16 years it’s been a non profit.

In preparation to attend, the animal park wants attendees to consider the following:

  • Have you visited during both the Park Season (March-Oct.) and Holiday Lights Season (Nov-Dec)? When was your last visit?
  • What would you like to see/experience that you did not?
  • What facility changes would you like to see?
  • What educational experiences have you participated in at the Park? How do you feel that Hollywild could better support our educational community?


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