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Wildlife Prairie Park to Add New Cabins

  PEORIA, Ill. - Wildlife Prairie Park in Peoria County will soon see construction on new cabins. It’s part of a $2.4 million capital campaign.

The Forest Park Foundation, that operates Wildlife Prairie Park recently launched the fundraising campaign for the project. The 14 cabins will overlook a bison and elk enclosure at the park. New fences will also be constructed, enabling the animals to approach the back decks of the cabins.

Foundation president Mark Spenny says the cabins will enhance the quality of lodging the park offers.

Park executive director, Doug Dillow, says other projects will include improvements to the event center that hosts weddings.

The foundation will provide up to $1 million in two-for-one matching grants after contributions from the community. Dillow says it also provided $250,000 in donations for initial engineering and planning work.