Residents express their concerns over proposed Monroe dinosaur theme park

Many residents are against a New Jersey developer's $12 million plan for a "Dinosaur Education Center" near the Mansion Ridge Golf Course.

News 12 Staff

Apr 19, 2022, 3:04 AM

Updated 818 days ago

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Talks on whether a dinosaur theme park should open in Monroe are stirring an uproar among residents.
Hundreds of residents waited for a meeting on Monday night to get their voices heard about the plan.
Many residents are against a New Jersey developer's $12 million plan for a "Dinosaur Education Center" near the Mansion Ridge Golf Course.
The seasonal park off Route 17 would take guests back millions of years with more than 60 life-sized animatronic dinosaurs, themed educational playgrounds and rides.
Officials expect the project to generate over 100 new jobs, and $3 million in annual sales tax.
"This tourist attraction will bring an estimated 300,000 visitors," said Maureen Hallahan, of Orange County Partnership in Goshen, New York.
While some residents are on board for their young kids, others are worried the park will impact their quiet, rural lifestyles and their property values.
Right now, the planning board review process and the environment study have yet to begin, so the fate of this proposed project is still to be determined.


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