by arslan_ahmed | August 22, 2023 11:27 am
The 2-km (1.25-mile) Minnesota Zoo Treetop Trail, claimed to be the world’s longest elevated pedestrian loop, officially opened recently. The loop takes guests up to 9.75 m (32 ft) above the ground and gives them access to hundreds of hectares (acres) of hardwood forest, ponds and marshes, and the diverse Minnesota wildlife.
The trail was designed by Snow Kreilich Architects; structures designer, Buro Happold; and TEN x TEN Landscape Architecture and Urbanism. The construction leader is PCL Construction.
It adds more than 6,500 m2 (70,000 sf) to the zoo and includes 22 bump-out overlooks to enhance the viewing experience while walking the trail.
Integrating into the Minnesota Zoo’s original monorail track, which opened in 1979 and was retired in 2013, the Treetop Trail is a reuse construction project. Planning began in June 2018 and a ceremonial groundbreaking was held in April 2022.
Here are some interesting facts about the trail:
“For the last 45 years, the Zoo has done a tremendous job connecting people and animals. The Treetop Trail allows us to reimagine the traditional zoo experience and further the connection between people and the natural world,” said John Frawley, Minnesota Zoo director, at the opening ceremony.
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