New Yorkers hoping to bring two breedable pandas from China to Central Park have reached out to President Donald Trump’s older sons, Donald Jr. and Eric, for help.
The idea is a stretch, though the president did rebuild Wollman Rink near the Central Park Zoo in the 1980s for half the cost the city was paying, after six years of delays.
“What I’d say to Eric is, ‘You’d be doing for the panda project what your father did with the Wollman Rink. Can you build a panda facility that follows in the footsteps of your father?’” John Catsimatidis told the New York Post.
Catsimatidis, a former Republican mayoral candidate and CEO of the Red Apple Group that counts Gristedes Foods supermarkets as part of its conglomerate, is co-chair of the panda project.
The group aims to build a Panda Pavilion in the northern part of the 843-acre Central Park — at an unspecified area — with private funding covering its cost. A fundraiser dubbed the “Panda Ball” at the Waldorf Astoria next week is expected to bring in between $500,000 and $4 million, a source told the Post.
The Trump Organization told the Post they had no comment on the panda project, nor did the company respond to a Metro request sent via email to its press office.