Goodbye to a Zoo Friend

I’d like to begin this post by acknowledging the loss of a great friend of the zoo. Robert Pritzker, who passed away last week, served on the Lincoln Park Zoo Board of Directors and, together with his family, created the Pritzker Family Children’s Zoo. While he will be missed, Bob’s legacy lives on within the joyful facility that bears his name.

Last week I was honored to accept the Distinguished Building Award from the Chicago chapter of the American Institute of Architects, which recognized Nature Boardwalk at Lincoln Park Zoo with their top honor.
 
The entire team of project managers and architects who worked on the transformation of South Pond into Nature Boardwalk was recognized, including Shaw Sustainable Solutions, WRD Environmental and Pepper Construction. I was joined at the ceremony by Jeanne Gang, founder of Studio Gang Architects, who designed the boardwalk and the celebrated Peoples Gas Education Pavilion at Nature Boardwalk, which earned particular praise.
 
Awards are nice, but what is more important in all initiatives undertaken here at Lincoln Park Zoo is that facilities are engaging, educational and fully functional for the wildlife that use them and the millions of visitors who tour them each year. It thrills me each time I hear a guest gush about the native oasis in the shadow of skyscrapers that is Nature Boardwalk.
 
And it encourages me to know that with each passing season, the foliage at Nature Boardwalk becomes more rooted, the animal residents become more acclimated, and the visitors increasingly use the structures that were created to spark their passion for the wild world around them.
 
As always, I’ll keep you posted.
Sincerely,
Kevin Bell

Comments

Indian Boundary Park ZOO.....

Mr. Bell,
Please spend some funds and repair the broken wood fencing of this little zoo.
Also, cut back and trim all the weed trees growing in the pens especially the duck enclosure.

This is a forgotten piece of Chicago parks and there is never any mention from LPZ at all.
Why??

We know the CPD pays you as a contractor to take care of things, but the care is minimal!!
When was the last time you took an unannounced visit to look at things yourself??

Thank you for anything you can do

Kevin Bell responds: "We have

Kevin Bell responds:
"We have referred these maintenance concerns to the Chicago Park District and they will follow up this week to ensure they are addressed."

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