Children's Zoo in Saginaw gets grant for ADA accessible train cars


SAGINAW, Mich. - Soon people with disabilities, and those who need a little extra help getting around will have an easier time riding a Saginaw Children's Zoo staple.

Since 1929 millions have enjoyed animals and attractions especially the train.

The improvements are thanks to a 50,000 dollar grant from the Saginaw Community Foundation. Soon the train will pull two ADA accessible train cars.

“My favorite part is the train. I enjoy riding around,” said Gabrielle Castiglione.

Whether it’s your first visit to the Saginaw Children’s Zoo, or a family tradition, riding the train is a main attraction.

“I like being able to go around and see everything and get a preview and my kids are always excited to ride the train,” Gabrielle Castiglione said.

Soon visitors with disabilities won’t have to worry when they hear all aboard.

“We are really excited that all visitors will be able to experience the train and it's a big milestone for us,” Aimee Bernal said.

Next season the train will pull two locally made ADA Accessible cars. You’ll also notice some other changes.

“We are lowering the tracks to make our cars a little bit higher we have to lower the tracks to have enough clearance for the bridge and making changes to loading area to bring wheelchairs around and have them on the train,” Aimee said.

It’s all to make sure each visitor leaves with a smile on their face.

“They should be able to have all the experiences that all kids have,” Gabrielle said.

The zoo says this whole project couldn't happen without the community, and their support is something they're truly grateful for.

They hope to have the project done by spring.

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