Baton Rouge Zoo sees busy Labor Day as residents largely avoid parks
BATON ROUGE - Charlie Irvin and his family had their traditional Labor Day barbeque at Evangeline Street Park. But this year they were only people in the entire park.
"Usually it would be crowded. I guess the corona is keeping them in," Irvin said.
Irvin even came out early to make sure he got a good spot at the park, but he didn't need to do that this year. No one else showed to cook-out, play ball or even just to enjoy the fresh air.
While many of the local parks were empty this Labor Day, that wasn't the case at the Baton Rouge Zoo.
"We got a bunch of people out here today. It's like a chamber of commerce day with the sun out and not too hot," said Jim Fleshman, the Assistant Zoo Director.
Fleshman says attendance was up Labor Day, well above last Monday. He thinks the zoo's outdoor setting being large enough for visitors to easily keep their distance is a big reason.
That's why Joseph Leiva and his girlfriend decided to visit the zoo on the holiday.
"Do something different instead of fighting the beach crowd, river crowds and the overcrowded areas with people. You hear about it all the time with the coronavirus," Leiva said.
Officials said attendance at the zoo has been steady since the first phase of the state's reopening.
Desktop NewsClick to open Continuous News in a sidebar that updates in real-time.
Louisiana superintendents ask for looser quarantine rules
No decision yet in case involving former student suing LSU
Upswing in COVID testing as holidays approach
More than 500 turkeys given away to local families in need
City-parish officials voice frustrations after slew of violence in Baton Rouge
Catholic freshman Daniel Beale has been thrown into super stardom thanks to...
Can Jameis Winston lead this Saints offense?; Fantasy Focus Week 11 with...
Fans' Choice Award Winner 2020: Week 7 - Baylor Langlois
Clay Polk is Central football's master of mystery
Late defensive stands and timely passing give Catholic 27-21 win over Acadiana