Preview of ‘The Preserve’ coming to Harpursville Friday
HARPURSVILLE (WBNG) - Aug. 2, Animal Adventure Park held a press conference before The Preserve opens its gates to the public Friday, Aug. 5.
One of the many in attendance was Director Judi Hess with Visit Binghamton. “We were here about a month ago. I wouldn’t have believed this was possible. Jordan told us it would be ready...,” she said.
The addition will let visitors take a ride on the wild side with over 100 acres over in Harpursville. “New York State’s largest and most diverse drive-thru animal experience,” said Owner Jordan Patch.
To get to this point, Patch looked back at how The Preserve came to be and how it all started when the land was acquired out of necessity for additional parking. “It also provided the opportunity for me to dream again,” he said. “Visions of animal herds roaming and grazing in open spaces filled my head. Next came the rough navigation of old logging trails and seasonal roads, reviews of satellite maps, and sketch upon sketch putting on paper what could be. In 2021, four years after the acquisition, the leap was made and we began work on what would become The Preserve.”
Hess reflected on its ripple effect for the Southern Tier. “The tourists that come to this community not only invest in the community or come to Animal Adventure, but they stay in our hotels, they eat in our restaurants, they shop in our local stores,” she said.
State Senator Fred Akshar was also in attendance. “Before The Preserve was built, Animal Adventure saw more than 200,000 people annually. With this amazing addition, that number is only going to grow,” he said. Animal Adventure is an international destination. Think about that, an international destination which calls Broome County home.”
Broome County Executive Assistant Chris Whalen said this project assists with the county’s mission, which is to make the county a place to visit and live. “You’re helping accomplish those two things. Obviously, thousands, tens of thousands, hundreds of thousands of people are coming here every year to visit and, as you just said, you’ve brought six new people to our community to live and work,” he said.
When it comes to operating this vision, here’s some of the routine. “Starts first thing in the morning with permanent fence checks then checking every animal. I told you there’s hundreds of animals in that facility behind us,” said Patch. “Every animal has to be accounted for and checked on to make sure their welfare is in place.”
Looking at The Preserve’s future, Patch said there’s room for expansion.
The Preserve will be open daily 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. with the last slot beginning at 3:30 p.m.
To book a tour, head to this website.
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