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Celebration planned for Lake Superior Zoo’s renovated historic pavilion

The Lake Superior Zoo’s pavilion renovation is complete and the community is invited to join the board of directors, members and staff of the Lake Superior Zoological Society, the City of Duluth and the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce for a ribbon cutting ceremony and open house on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

The pavilion is now a three-season special event and education center for hosting the zoo’s educational programming and special events. It is also available as a rental venue for birthday parties, company/church/school picnics, special events, family reunions, retirement parties and after-hours private parties and events. 

Open May through September, the building overlooks the waterfalls of Kingsbury Creek and features a beautiful wood-beamed ceiling, restrooms and a kitchenette. It will accommodate up to 80 guests for formal dining and up to 96 guests for classroom-style seating.    

The $521,587 project was funded by a variety of sources, including the Legacy Amendment Arts and Cultural Heritage Funds, private donations, proceeds from the zoo’s 2013 gala fundraiser, the Donald Weesner Charitable Trust Grant, and a Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development Construction Grant.

Information on renting the pavilion is available by visiting or by calling the zoo’s Rental Coordinator at (218) 730-4500, ext. 217.