Anyone in Frankfort looking for some summertime fun only has to look as far as TPA Park to find a variety of activities for the young and young-at-heart.
Located between the playground and the pool, the petting zoo is open seven days a week from 12:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. when visitors can interact with all kinds of animals, including miniature donkeys, goats, a Shetland pony, potbelly pigs, deer, muntjacs (type of deer), ducks, peacocks, chickens, pheasants, emus, lemurs, tortoises, rabbits, prairie dogs, hedgehogs, chinchillas, and a Dumbo rat (big ears and bred as pets).
Admission to the petting zoo is free, but donations always are welcome. There is a donation box located at the petting zoo entrance or visitors can make donations in person at the Parks Department office at 1 Adrian Marks Drive.
Zoo visitors can feed the animals for $1.
The bird aviary located near the petting zoo houses a variety of birds including a toucan, cardinal, canaries, finches, doves, pigeons, lovebirds, quail, macaws, parakeets, parrots, and cockatiels.
According to Parks Superintendent Joel Tatum, new fencing is in the works for the aviary, with poles back ordered.
Tatum encourages hungry visitors to take advantage of the great food available at Dumbo Concessions located near the playground and open seven days a week from 11:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m.
“Dumbo’s Park Concession offers a full menu with a variety of appetizers, sandwiches, salads and candy at reasonable prices. We are pleased to offer the petting zoo, bird aviary and concession stand in addition to the pool and Summer Nights Concert and Movie Series making TPA Park a go-to destination for summertime fun,” Tatum said.