The Ralph Mitchell Park & Zoo is having its 2019 Grand Opening next weekend! The 2019 opening of the Ralph Mitchell Park & Zoo is Saturday April 13th with a full day of activities planned. Independence Chamber Director Lisa Wilson explains this year they are doing something very special in honor of Miss Able. It is the 60 year anniversary of her successful space launch, so you will see scattered around town posters and other ways remembering 60 years. That Saturday morning Wilson explains there will be a putt putt tournament kicking off at 9:30 and if you’d like to be apart of she says head to the FORPAZ Facebook Page. Then at 11 until 3 is when the events take place, the carousel and train will be running and will be free of charge. Face painting, petting zoo as well as food trucks and other activities all age groups can be apart of. She also encourages you go to the FORPAZ Facebook page to keep up to date with great photos and all information.