Next Phase of Construction Set to Start at Zoo
April 08, 2011
The Edmonton Valley Zoo is preparing for the next phase in a series of construction projects that will transform the 51-year-old facility. To accommodate the building of a new education centre, entry plaza and central trail system, trees within the construction footprint are scheduled to be removed starting on Monday, April 11.
The identified trees will be removed in accordance with the Migratory Bird Act to help ensure migratory birds do not nest in the trees prior to construction start-up. The tree branches will be chipped and used on trails throughout the City’s trail system. The landscaping will be restored with trees, shrubbery and other vegetation native to the aspen parkland of the North Saskatchewan river valley.
By May the zoo’s admission gate will be relocated but remain easily accessible from the main parking lot. The zoo will be closed to visitors on May 4, reopening on May 5.
While there are big changes underway at the zoo, construction has been carefully planned to avoid impacting animals or visitors.
The Wander, the name of a new trail system showcasing plants and animals native to the North Saskatchewan River, will provide opportunities for learning, fun, shelter and relaxation. The new education centre will provide much-needed program space and the new entrance will allow for enhanced visitor services and a new otter habitat. The new amenities are scheduled to open in 2013.
For more information about the changes underway at the Edmonton Valley Zoo, visit www.valleyzoo.ca.
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