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Utica Zoo unveils new Wadas Wild Play Park

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UTICA, N.Y. -- The Utica Zoo has a new playground, thanks to the Edwin J. Wadas Foundation.

Local leaders joined zoo officials Thursday to cut the ribbon at the new Wadas Wild Play Park, which was named after the foundation that supported its construction.

The foundation helps local kids participate in sports, and also provides funding for athletic programs and recreational activities in the Mohawk Valley.

"The Edwin Wadas Foundation is committed to providing opportunities for play, recreation, fitness and sports throughout Oneida and Herkimer counties,” said Victoria Cataldo, executive director of the foundation. “So, the zoo was just a natural fit for us. We are excited and delighted to be able to provide this opportunity for kids to experience fitness through fun right here in our local community."

Edwin Wadas was a veteran and entrepreneur who volunteered his time and money to support youth athletic programs locally for more than 60 years. He passed away in 2018.