WORKSHOP AGENDA - Nov. 2, 1996

 8:30 a.m.Guided Walk through the Park
 9:30Coffee and Bagels
10:00Greetings and Introductions
10:15Tupper Thomas, Administrator, Prospect Park (Brooklyn, NY)
10:35Zoo Presentation
11:35Victor Walker, Landscape Architect and Olmsted Master Planner
12:15 p.m.Gathering Lunch
12:45Small Groups


The general question is, "How can the zoo design process enhance both the built and natural environments of the park and the zoo?" As you grapple with this question, please keep in mind the need to operate within the boundaries of accreditation standards; capital and operating budgets; current professional thinking about zoo design and function; and principles of animal husbandry. Also remember the goal of an exciting educational resource for the Greater New Bedford community. Last but not least, be aware of the Olmsted Master Plan and the need for a zoo that fits the overall design and purpose of the park.

Specific issues we would like to consider are:

  1. The perimeter fence. - How can we meet the requirements for an eight-foot-high fence and the need for maintaining an acceptable distance between that and animal exhibits, while maintaining the peaceful and beautiful spaces to sit and stroll?

  2. The wooded wetlands to the south of the zoo, and the small pond and marsh area to the north. - How can we enhance their use as a living natural laboratory? Is enhancement necessary?

  3. The walkways, the roadways, and the parking lots. - How can we minimize the impact on the environment while enhancing the people's enjoyment of both the zoo and the park?

  4. The living collection within the zoo. - What is appropriate for the zoo at this time and in the future?

  5. The external environment. - How can we improve water quality in the Apponegansett Bay through zoo design, flood control, and improvements to the upstream watershed?

  6. Park flora. - How can we enhance both zoo and park space with appropriate plantings?

  7. The red brick building in the maintenance area, the maintenance buildings, and the adjacent section of the concourse. - How can we resolved the issue of rerouting the public concourse, or keeping it in place, within the context of the constraints noted above?

  8. Food services, gift sales, and public programming. - How can these be used to build in the capacity to sustain the zoo on a sound, long term, operating basis, and without unacceptable impact?

  9. New and remodelled buidings. - How can these be designed and located for both functionality and zoo/park/neighborhood harmony?

  10. Other

We realize that this is too much to cover in one hour. To start, each group can focus on a unique issue first, then move on to the others as time permits. Pick an issue that interests you and join the group that will consider that issue first.