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ZOO: Limits on family membership need review

Letter by Mark Messinger, Olympia on Aug. 18, 2010 at 1:21 pm | 4 Comments »
August 18, 2010 1:21 pm

For years, my family has enjoyed a membership at the Point Defiance Zoo and Northwest Trek. We’ve renewed the deluxe household membership, year after year. But no more. A policy which prohibits kids from entering without their parents – and requiring that families pay $25 to add each kid’s name to the membership – has made the deluxe household membership far too costly.

One of my two kids is a licensed driver under age 19. If she were to drive her sister, neither of them could be admitted without my paying an additional $50 to the cost of a $165 deluxe household membership.

But she has a photo ID with a last name and mailing address that matches that on the membership. That, we are told, is not good enough. But, the deluxe household membership offers generous privileges for families to bring guests. Again, the kids’ names have to be on the membership, for them to be admitted without the parent. The fee for adding those names is arbitrarily set at $25 a head.

There’s nothing “deluxe” or even “household” about this.

Particularly in these economically challenging times, I hope the Point Defiance Zoo and Northwest Trek will reassess this poor policy.

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