FORT WALTON BEACH, Fla. (WKRG) — Tractors demolished the old Bluewater Zoo location on HWY 98 and Florida Place SE in Downtown Fort Walton Beach on Thrusday, March 23.
The City of Fort Walton Beach said property owner Chris Gibson donated the building and adjacent property to the City of Fort Walton Beach by the Gibson estate.
The City said the land will be used to expand the City of Fort Walton Beach Heritage Park and Cultural Center. The center’s museum sits just west of the building.
Gibson passed away in 2017. He had served on the Fort Walton Beach City Council and supported the Heritage Park and Cultural Center.
The city said an evaluation determined it would be more cost-effective to build a new structure rather than renovate. The Gibson family agreed it was best to demolish the building and replace it with a new structure that ties into the existing museum building.
Bluewater Zoo moved to a new location on Beal Pkwy focusing on Exotic Aquariums & Reptiles.
- 637 Beal Pkwy NW, Fort Walton Beach, FL, United States, Florida
Prior to Bluewater Zoo occupying the building, it was the One Feather American Indian Art studio.
Learn more about the Heritage Park and Cultural Center online.