A new vision for the Lake Superior Zoo

Throughout its 90 plus year history, the Lake Superior Zoo has educated and entertained thousands of Minnesotans; in the last year alone, the Zoo had more than 87,000 visitors. But one of its favorite attractions, the Polar Shores exhibit, has been vacant for close to four years.

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The exhibit was destroyed during the devastating floods of 2012, and the Zoo has been unable to fully recover. To help restore the Lake Superior Zoo $1.9 million in state dollars is sought to convert its Polar Shores exhibit into an amphitheater. The space will be transformed into a special events center that could host a variety of private and public functions including small concerts, educational programming and fundraising events. The new amphitheater will make the Zoo into a neighborhood amenity, further enriching the surrounding community.

This project is important to me, and thousands of families in Duluth and the region. The 2012 floods were a severe blow to the city, and the Zoo is still working hard to fully recover. This bonding request will help the Zoo turn a vacant exhibit into a new energetic center at the heart of the facility.

The total project cost is $3.8 million. The other half is being matched with local funds.