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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 22, 2013
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION:
Saint Louis Zoo 314/781-0900
Susan Gallagher, ext. 4633
Christy Childs, ext. 4639
Joanna Bender, ext. 4703

SAINT LOUIS ZOO TO HOST FINAL PUBLIC OPEN HOUSE FOR FOREST PARK HOSPITAL PROPERTY

Expansion framework plan will be unveiled

The Saint Louis Zoo will host a public open house on an expansion framework plan for the Zoo’s 13.5-acre Forest Park Hospital site Wednesday, May 1 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Zoo’s The Living World at its North Entrance on Government Drive in Forest Park.

The Zoo design team will seek public feedback on the framework plan, which will be formally presented at 4:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. during the open house.

Purchased Oct. 5, 2012, this site will both expand the Zoo’s footprint and provide opportunity for the Zoo to grow and better serve the community and the preservation of wildlife.

Reflecting months of research, analysis, planning and stakeholder engagement, the framework plan broadly outlines goals and guidelines for future development; its completion will be the launching point for the Zoo’s strategic and master planning initiatives.

By early summer of 2013, the Zoo expects to publish its final framework plan report, including documented public input and specifics on any structures targeted for removal. More details on the site and planning process are available at www.stlzoo.org/expansion.

The planning effort began with a selection of a design team, led by landscape architectural firm SWT Design. As a first step in developing the project, the Zoo and this team hosted an open house on Dec. 11, 2012, to present information about the planning process and engage the public in offering initial suggestions about how the new site could be transformed.

The Zoo design team includes, in addition to SWT Design, a second St. Louis-based company—the public engagement firm, Vector Communications. SWT Design has been working with Chicago-based architect Edward Uhlir, owner of Uhlir Consulting, LLC, to develop the visioning plan. Uhlir was a major force in creating the acclaimed Millennium Park in Chicago.