Lake Superior Zoo Proposed Concepts

View and Comment

Duluth’s Parks and Recreation Division has invited the public to view and comment on three proposed concept plans for improvements to the Lake Superior Zoo and Fairmount Park. The plans were presented by a consultant at the Jan. 19 Duluth Parks Commission Open House.

The concepts envision a renewed zoo in a roughly 10-acre footprint and converts a portion of the existing zoo to become a free public park for the St. Louis River Corridor. The plan is estimated at $15 million and has $2.7 million of half-and-half funding already allotted to it.

The plans and an online survey are available at For a quick preview of the plans, click any image below to enlarge.

Master Concept Plans
Zoo Master Concept Plan 1 Zoo Facilities Concept Plan 2 Zoo Master Concept Plan 3

Facilities Concept Plans
Zoo Facilities Concept Plan 1 Zoo Master Concept Plan 2 Zoo Facilities Concept Plan 3

Existing Conditions
Zoo Existing Conditions

There is more information at the city’s Fairmount Park and Zoo Planning webpage.

The online survey will close Jan. 27. The next public meeting will be held Feb. 10.


Bobak Ha'Eri

about 9 months ago

Isn't that cross-shaped building in the river bend (I think its surrounded by newer facilities) the WPA-created Elephant House? The MNHS has a photo of it online [MS2.9 DU4Z r5 (Locator Number)]; that would be a sad piece of history to lose.

Paul Lundgren

about 9 months ago

I think these plans all got set aside and the old elephant house is now part of the bear exhibit.

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