Indiana’s oldest zoo undergoing $37 million upgrade

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The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) has approved Regional Cities Initiative funding to support improvements at the Potawatomi Zoo, which has been a major attraction in north central Indiana for more than 100 years.

Work will soon begin on the first phase of the $37 million master plan designed to upgrade Indiana’s oldest zoo.

Founded in 1902, the Potawatomi Zoo occupies 23 acres of property north of Potawatomi Park at 500 S. Greenlawn Ave. in South Bend.

The first phase of the development will transform the existing front entry into a 3,690-sq.-ft., state-of-the-art plaza with, concierge-like guest experience to support increased attendance.

Construction, which is set to be complete by spring 2020, will upgrade the entry process for its guests and add new amenities like an ADA-accessible pathway, additional restrooms, vending areas and stroller and wheelchair rental space.

Additionally, the Potawatomi Zoo will build a new gift shop at the front entry complex.

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