Louisville Zoo Renames Papa John’s Splash Park

Posted at 9:31 PM, Jul 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-21 21:31:04-04

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – The Louisville Zoo has announced it will rename its splash park following the fallout surrounding Papa John’s founder John Schnatter.

WAVE 3 News reports the play area is not called "Papa John’s Splash Park." 

Last year, the Schnatter family donated one-million-dollars to help finish the Zoo’s snow leopard exhibit

The Zoo released a statement on Thursday stating they were renaming the splash park to honor Annette Schnatter, the Papa John’s founder’s wife, for her "unflagging personal commitment to the Zoo over nearly twenty years."

The entire statement issued by the Louisville Zoo is below: 

"Papa John’s, Inc., the Schnatter Family Foundation and the Schnatter family have been longtime supporters of the Louisville Zoo, and we recognize their contribution to helping us better the relationship between people and our planet.

We also recognize the hard-working men and women who make up Papa John’s, Inc. and appreciate their commitment and contribution to our community. 

The Louisville Zoo does not condone racism or the use of insensitive language. It has always been and will remain an inclusive place for everyone in our community. The Zoo is place for all of us to gather to build memories and to talk about our planet and how to better it.  

It is important to note for the record that in over a 20-year relationship, the Zoo’s leadership team has never seen any evidence of racial bias from the Schnatters, thus allowing that relationship to exist and thrive. 

It is with the Zoo’s mission in mind, that the Louisville Zoo Foundation Board has decided to change the name of the Splash Park to recognize Annette Schnatter for her unflagging personal commitment to the Zoo over nearly twenty years."  

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