The former Crossland Zoo property will once again be vacant in a few months.

The Crossest School District, which has been using the zoo property near City Park as part of its Future Farmers of America program, will be vacating the Parkway Drive location.

For more than a year the agriculture department and Future Farmers of America group has housed animals at the zoo property.

Students who wanted to participate in the FFA programs and competitions but didn’t have a place to house animals used the facility because it is against city ordinance to have livestock in most areas within the city limits. Some of the animals were those that were purchased by the FFA program.

Councilwoman Crystal Marshall announced at last week’s council meeting that the school had given notice that they would be vacating the property in March and therefore the city would be taking the property back over.

Before the school began using the property to house animals, it was the Crossland Zoo. The zoo shut down in 2016 and all of the animals — with the exception of one bear — were moved out by early 2017. The bear was moved in late 2107 and the property was vacant until the school moved animals in during the summer of 2018.  

The city has no intention of reopening the area as a zoo, but Marshall said they do not plan for it to just be an abandoned property. 

Marshall said that Parks and Recreation Assistant Director Sarah Hollimon has multiple ideas for the property, but nothing has been set in stone.

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