Bear Observation Deck at Bear Hollow Zoo to Close Jan 9 for Replacement Facility 475 | Posted: 11:30 AM, January 3, 2016 The Bear Observation Deck at Bear Hollow Zoo will close Monday, January 9 as crews begin demolition in order to rebuild the deck. The Bear Observation Deck provides viewing for both the Bear and Eagle exhibits and is one of the most heavily trafficked areas at the Zoo.
Due to the terrain and for the safety of both the animals and our patrons, these exhibits will not be accessible while work is underway. Weather permitting, the deck should reopen by late-February or early March.
Recent inspections 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 has been scheduled for January to minimize the impact to our patrons and school programming.
During the closure patrons are reminded to remain on paved paths and wooden boardwalks at all times and to respect barricades and follow posted signs.