Plans for 'Dinosaur Kingdom' in Monroe face pushback from community
A newly proposed dinosaur theme park in Orange County is facing some pushback from residents.
A New Jersey developer is looking to put a $12 million "Dinosaur Kingdom" on more than 100 town-owned acres near the Mansion Ridge Golf Course in Monroe.
The seasonal attraction would include more than 60 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs as well as dinosaur-themed playgrounds and rides.
The project is in the planning stages, but not everyone is sold.
"To have a theme park just kind of announced for this beautiful woodland acreage is such a shock because the only access points are really very private, residential woodland roads and a semi-destroyed turnpike," says Monroe resident Maureen Richardson.
The project was originally slated for Wallkill, but it was turned down there.
Plans to lease the town land will be reviewed at a board meeting April 18.
Monroe Town Supervisor Tony Cardone says the project is not approved yet and that the town is looking forward to hearing public input.