Cleveland Metroparks Zoo FREE on Saturday; parking lots full

CLEVELAND - It's going to be a zoo but at least it'll be free.

The Cleveland Zoo already Tweeted Saturday,"The Zoo is open until 5 pm. Parking lots currently at capacity. Pls find parking near the Zoo, take public transportation, walk or bike."

Thanks to the Cleveland Foundation, community members can visit the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo Saturday for free as part of its centennial gift in April.

Both the zoo and the Rainforest will be free for everyone — the first free weekend day at the zoo in nearly 20 years.

Special programming at the zoo that day will focus on sustainability and conservation, the Foundation said. Zoogoers are encouraged to bike, carpool, walk or ride public transit that day.

The Foundation is giving gifts to the Cleveland community every month in 2014 as part of the organization's centennial celebration.

In January, it was a free day on the Greater Cleveland RTA; in February, free admission to the Great Lakes Science Center and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum; and in March, free admission to the Cleveland International Film Festival.

Cleveland Metroparks was established after The Cleveland Foundation commissioned a study in 1919 and the Foundation supported last year's transfer of the lakefront parks to the Park District.

The Cleveland Foundation has given $6 million to the Cleveland Metroparks and the Cleveland Zoolgical Society in support of the zoo.

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