Kansas City Zoo officials are in the early stages of planning a new $75 million aquarium, the Kansas City Business Journal reports. Randy Wisthoff, the zoo’s chief executive, said the goal is to draw visitors from across a wide region with an aquarium that rivals that of Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo.
Plans call for the aquarium to have a footprint of 65,000 to 70,000 square feet, with upwards of 700,000 gallons in tanks.
According to the current tentative timeline, the project would be completed in 2021 or 2022.
Wistoff said the zoo has identified about $20 million in potential private funding for the project, but that it would rely heavily on revenue from a one-eighth-cent sales tax approved in Jackson and Clay counties in 2011.