abc
QUICK LINKS:

Lake Superior Zoo Celebrates Renovated Historic Pavilion

Updated: 07/16/2014 11:06 PM
Created: 07/16/2014 5:08 PM WDIO.com
By: Maarja Anderson

The Lake Superior Zoo has restored a bit of history that's now open to the public. The historic pavilion has been around for eighty years, but the restored version doubles the education space at the zoo.

Wednesday, local leaders and community members celebrated the renovation. A desert tortoise and 11-foot boa also helped honor the new building.

Maicie Sykes, director of animal management at the zoo, said this summer is an exciting time at the zoo. They have nearly a dozen new animals on exhibit, but the new pavilion will make quite the difference for the whole zoo crew.

The pavilion was originally built in the 1930s as part of a Works Progress Administration project.

"It was a historical structure, it was a center of a lot of community events at the time. There were parties here and community gatherings and that and it had just fallen into a bit of disrepair after a while," said zoo CEO Dawn Mackety.

For the past five years, the pavilion has sat vacant.

State Senator Roger Reinert said the renovation is a great step toward securing the zoo's future.

"It's also just this great example showing what happens when public, private, and individual citizens work together to care for something. There's some state money, local money, private money, all involved to create this great building," he said.

The $521,587 renovation was covered by a variety of sources, including the Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Funds, the Donald Weesner Charitable Trust Grant, a MN Department of Employment and Economic Development Construction grant, the Lake Superior Zoological Society, and private donations.

With walls and windows, Mackety said the restored pavilion doubles the zoo's space for educational programs like the Zoo Crew.

In addition to hosting special events and education programs, the pavilion can also be rented out by the public for birthday parties, picnics, specials events, and reunions. Information on renting the pavilion is available here.

Front Page

  • Licenses, Deer Population Down for Wisconsin Deer Opener

    The Wisconsin firearm deer hunting tradition got off to a safe start as Department of Natural Resources officials said they had received no reports of accidental shootings or other injuries by mid-afternoon Sunday on the opener of the state's nine-day gun deer hunt....

  • MNsure Enrollments, Renewals Approach 8,000

    Minnesota's health insurance exchange says it has enrolled nearly 8,000 Minnesotans in health plans in the first week of open enrollment this fall. The deadline for enrolling in coverage that takes effect Jan. 1 is Dec. 15.

  • Wisconsin Gun Deer Hunt Begins

    The season opened as the sun rose Saturday and will run through Nov. 30. Forecasts for opening weekend called for freezing rain and fog with highs ranging from the upper 30s to the low 40s both days.

  • Superior Police: Officer's Use of Force Justified

    The Superior Police Department says an internal investigation has found an officer's use of force was justified in an arrest seen on a controversial dashcam video.  However, the officer was given a 10-hour unpaid suspension for "vulgar and unprofessional" communication during the arrest.

  • Johnston Investigation Concludes Five Allegations Substantiated

    An investigation into allegations that a Duluth school board member threatened the district's superintendent and other board members concludes that five of six claims are warranted. A 67-page report details the allegations against school board member Art Johnston released to Eyewitness News on Friday.

 

Dense Fog Advisory

MN AREAS AFFECTED: Carlton, South St. Louis; Crow Wing; North Cass; Northern Aitkin; Pine; South Aitkin; South Cass
Expires: 11/23/2014 8:00 AM

Dense Fog Advisory

WI AREAS AFFECTED: Ashland; Bayfield; Burnett; Douglas; Iron; Sawyer; Washburn
Expires: 11/23/2014 8:00 AM

Dense Fog Advisory

WI AREAS AFFECTED: Price
Expires: 11/23/2014 8:00 AM

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement