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Fairmount Park and Lake Superior Zoo Planning

Zoo Concept

Project Status: Planning

Project Overview: The City of Duluth and the Lake Superior Zoological Society worked collaboratively to create a concept plan for the Lake Superior Zoo and Fairmount Park. The planning team included City staff, Zoo staff, Zoological Society board members, and Parks & Recreation Commissioners. The planning process included input from citizens through four public presentations, as well as online and paper comments. The concept plan was unanimously approved by the Parks & Recreation Commission on March 9, 2016 and by the City Council on March 14, 2016.   

The Lake Superior Zoo/Fairmount Park Concept Plan features:

  • A revitalized, more compact 10-acre zoo for $15.7 million
  • A signature park for the St. Louis River Corridor that will include picnic facilities, native landscaping, restored stream banks, open lawns and a destination playground.
  • New and improved wheelchair accessible paths and trail connections
  • New and improved animal exhibits for similar animal collection
  • Innovative new Forest Discovery Zone area mixing play, education, and up-close animal experiences in a forest environment
  • New zoo amphitheater to host interactive educational programs with live animals
  • Renewed main building mixing play, education, and animal experiences
  • Repurposing the flood-damaged Polar Shores exhibit as a new signature bear exhibit

Project Update: No update at this time

Important Documents:

Final Concept Plan (approved by Parks Commission on 3/9/16; City Council on 3/14/16)

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Erik Birkeland
Property & Facilities Manager
1532 W. Michigan Street
Duluth, MN 55806
(218) 730-4435


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