(10/22/13) A three-million-dollar trust fund has been left to the Chippewa Falls Park Board, to make a host of major improvements at the Irvine Park Zoo.
The funding is part of a foundation started by the late Gerald-and-Evelyn Thorpe. Family attorney James Colbert told the Park Board that the couple's estates are not settled yet -- but the final amount for the park department should be around three-million. The foundation is expected to provide the board with around 150-thousand dollars a year. The board is considering a total of two-point-three million dollars in zoo improvements including new buildings and new animals. Some existing enclosures would be expanded, giving animals more room, and letting them be viewed by visitors during the winter