Schnecksville, PA, March 6, 2018: 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. “We are disheartened that our sign was destroyed.” Said Melissa Borland, President and CEO of Lehigh Valley Zoo, “On the other hand, it gives us an opportunity to share our long-term goal of creating a disability-friendly entrance. With the community’s help, we hope to accelerate our timeline for relocating our entrance.”
The current entrance to the zoo, 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 a 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. “We want the Lehigh Valley Zoo to be inclusive of all members of our community.” Added Melissa Borland, “This relocation will insure the entrance to the zoo is ADA accessible.”
Donations are being accepted to help fund the re-designed entrance, its costs estimated at $75,000. If you would like to support the Front Entrance Renovation Project, please contact Doreen Carl at 610-799-4171, ext. 232, by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit lvzoo.org/entrance.
Lehigh Valley Zoo is located at 5150 Game Preserve Road, Schnecksville, PA 18078.
About the Lehigh Valley Zoo:
As a member-supported non-profit organization, Lehigh Valley Zoological Society was founded in 2004, but as a treasured community landmark, the Zoo’s history spans over a century. Founded in 1906 by General Harry C. Trexler, a local industrialist, the Lehigh Valley’s Trexler Game Preserve has educated and entertained more than five million people.
Accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), the Lehigh Valley Zoo hosts year-round, family-friendly events and activities, educational programs, and camps. With a mission to create a safe, engaging and enlightening wildlife experience for guests of all ages, the Zoo demonstrates leadership in the cultural, scientific and conservation communities. To learn more about Lehigh Valley Zoo, we invite you to visit our website, www.lvzoo.org, or follow us on Facebook.