Blank Park Zoo

Des Moines, IA

Simonson & Associates Architects worked closely with Blank Park Zoo to develop plans for a new and dynamic entrance into the Zoo complex. A Master Plan was developed by Simonson that, when implemented, would immerse visitors in the ‘Zoo experience’ even before they reached the parking area and the admission gates. Components of the plan include: A unique archway entry feature, a pond feature that doubles as storm water detention, an animal exhibit area for large breed hoof stock, a dense buffer of landscaping, berming and fencing and finally, a public park space that includes play equipment, restrooms and a picnic shelter. Simonson, in partnership with Civil Design Advantage, were contracted by Blank Park Zoo to implement the Master Plan vision.