New Boardwalk at the Zoo

The new Boardwalk at the Detroit Zoo

By Jeffrey Buck

The Detroit Zoo recently opened its newly constructed Boardwalk located near the National Amphibian Conservation Center over the Cotton Family Wetlands. The 7,200 square-foot Boardwalk is constructed of Trex, a 95-percent recycled wood-alternative decking material. Trex is composed primarily of plastic grocery bags and reclaimed hardwood.

The Boardwalk gives visitors a chance to experience wildlife and nature found in Michigan’s wetlands up close. The Cotton Family Wetlands are home to fish, frogs, turtles and birds.  Executive Director of the Detroit Zoological Society , Ron Kagan, is excited about the new addition.

“The moment you step onto the boardwalk, you’re transported into a world of wildlife and nature,” said Kagan.  “It brings you right into the heart of Michigan wetlands.”

The Boardwalk will also play host to special events and can be rented out for private receptions. Here are a few more quick facts about the Boardwalk:

  • Designed by Progressive Architecture Engineering
  • Built by JC Beal Construction
  • Can accommodate 90 people for a seated dinner, 200 for a strolling reception
  • The Boardwalk actually “floats” on the water’s surface
  • The Cotton Family donated a leadership gift for the development of the project
  • The Boardwalk will be used as an outdoor classroom

Have you visited the new Boardwalk at the Detroit Zoo? Send us your pictures, by clicking here, to be featured on our site!

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About Jeffrey S. Buck

I'm currently a Project Manager at Cypress Partners, LLC in Bloomfield Hills, Mich. I graduated from Wayne State University in 2008 with a B.A. in Journalism. Looking to broaden my view of the world, I spent a semester abroad studying at the University of Salford, a Greater Manchester University in England. I enjoy doing an array of activities, including following Detroit sports teams, SCUBA diving, traveling, reading, playing tennis, hand-written letters and going to the movies. I am the co-founder of the Woodward Spine, a blog about Detroit and its surrounding communities. The Woodward Spine aims to inform its readers about relevant news and events through creative and informative posts in these core areas: news, opinion, entertainment, history, sports and development. The Woodward Spine serves the tri-county metro Detroit area, concentrating mainly on the communities that lie along the Woodward corridor.
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