Minnesota Zoo Breaks Ground On Nature-based Playground


Minnesota Zoo Nature-based playground

If there’s one thing we love in Minnesota, it’s the great outdoors. With more about 75 state parks, we have lots of ways to get out and explore. Now the Minnesota Zoo is creating another opportunity to experience the great outdoors, specifically for kids.

The zoo and its supporters broke ground last Tuesday on a new nature-based outdoors playground.  The 30,000 square feet play area is a part of the zoo’s Crossroads Park reinvention project. The playground will feature caves, climbing boulders, tree-top towers and of course, slides.

The project will cost $1.2 million and is privately-funded. The playground will open in 2015.


Photo via: Jesse White


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Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal is a student at the University of St. Thomas majoring in Communication and Journalism with a minor in Spanish. She was born in California and has lived in four states since then, finally landing in Minnesota (maybe not for good). She loves to travel and studied abroad in London and Ireland last year with another planned trip to Argentina this upcoming year. She hopes to continue her travels after graduation without the excuse of class credit. She is an avid reader who enjoys anything she can get her hands on, from literature classics to popular trilogies. She enjoys writing in all forms, contributing to not only Minnesota Connect but also St. Thomas’s student-run online news source TommieMedia and the School of Social Work’s Perspectives.

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