Damage done to front entrance
Lehigh Valley Zoo announced that the horrific storm on Friday, March 2nd severely damaged the entrance sign to the Lehigh Valley Zoo. Understandably, it will be costly to replace the sign.
The damage comes at an awkward time in the zoo’s plans and finances. The zoo had planned to relocate and redesign the entrance to be ADA accessible by the close of 2018. Spending scarce funds to replace the damaged sign only to relocate the entrance six-nine months later is not a prudent use of resources.
The current entrance to the zoo is located at the crest of a steep hill that, although picturesque, is difficult for those with wheelchairs, canes, and strollers to negotiate. To address the obstacles created by the hill, the zoo planned to relocate the entrance to the west side of the zoo in late 2018.
The land on west side of the zoo is flat, and an entrance gate at that point of the zoo has visitors entering across from the lively and active North American river otters with its stadium seating. Along with the flat surface which is better for those with mobility challenges, the new entrance provides access for wheelchairs. Additionally, it includes space for facility for charging and storing mobile scooters for those needing support to traverse the zoo property. An added benefit of the relocated entrance is that it will be safer for those with strollers and toddlers learning to walk. This relocation will ensure the zoo is ADA accessible.