Naturally Unique – An Inclusive Zoo Just For You
Building upon the success of Potter Park Zoo’s current community engagement programs, Naturally Unique –An Inclusive Zoo Just For You is a multifaceted project to make major improvements in inclusion, accessibility and diversity for the Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, Michigan. This project will also allow the zoo to serve as a template for other area cultural institutions wishing to do the same.
The accessibility barriers addressed by this project include physical (zoo pathways, viewing areas, doorways, bathrooms), relational (understanding and empathic staff/volunteers who are fully trained in accommodating visitors with special needs), economic (zoo fees, transportation) and cultural (lack of prior experiences with the zoo and other cultural institutions and adult illiteracy).
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The Naturally Unique –An Inclusive Zoo Just For You is a multifaceted project to make major improvements in inclusion, accessibility and diversity for the Potter Park Zoo in Lansing, Michigan. This project builds upon the success of zoo’s newest community engagement programs, FALCONERS and Zoo In Your Neighborhood (ZIYN) and will allow the zoo to serve as a template for other area cultural institutions wishing to do the same. Physical barriers on zoo grounds to be addressed by this project include:
· The Nature Play pathway is a heavily used pathway and is in need of repair –it is the only wheelchair/stroller accessible path to view the moose exhibit –one of the zoo’s most popular animals.
· The anteater viewing area closest to the viewing window needs additional wheelchair-suitable substrate installed.
· Twelve of the zoo’s 18 entrance doors are scheduled to be converted to automatic one-touch doors by a grant from a local foundation, this project would allow for the remaining six doors to also be converted.
· Located adjacent to the black rhino exhibit, the two oldest bathrooms in the zoo are not accessible, and this project would upgrade and convert them into single room/family bathrooms.