Bear Observation Deck at Bear Hollow Zoo Reopened Facility 519 | Updated: 6:00 PM, February 23, 2017 | Posted: 11:30 AM, January 3, 2016 With the amazing weather we have had, work to replace the Bear Observation Deck at Bear Hollow Zoo wrapped up a little over two weeks ahead of our original schedule allowing the deck to reopen to patrons Thursday, February 23, 2017.
The Bear Observation Deck originally closed Monday, January 9 as crews begin demolition in order for the replacement project. Providing viewing for both the Bear and Eagle exhibits, the deck is one of the most heavily trafficked areas at the Zoo. Annual inspections of the structure noted signs of structural fatigue and a few components with rot. As this deck provides the only public viewing for both the zoo's signature exhibit and given the zoo's terrain, rebuilding this deck is critical to maintaining the zoo as a whole and was scheduled to begin in January to minimize the impact to our patrons and school programming.
The new deck should provide service to our patrons and amazing views for years to come.