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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 2, 2011
Polar Bear Passage wins award
The Kansas City Zoo has received the Southtown Council’s New Construction Award for its new Polar Bear Passage, an impressive 10,000 square foot exhibit that is home to Nikita, a 700 pound polar bear. The Polar Bear Passage exhibit opened in Aug. 2010.
The Kansas City Zoo is operated in agreement with the City of Kansas City, Mo., Parks and Recreation Department. The Zoo is located in Swope Park, one of the oldest and the largest of Kansas City’s 219 parks.
The Polar Bear Passage contains 140,000 gallons of water and serves as a “polar bear water park,” complete with diving ledges, a waterfall and habitats. A below-water level viewing area exists where zoo visitors can watch Nikita navigate the waters up close.
The award was presented at the annual Southtown Beautification Awards dinner at the Uptown Theatre on May 17.
The Southtown Council, a non-profit organization, has honored businesses, institutions, public entities and individuals for improvements in the Southtown community for more than 20 years. The Council provides a network for communication that has helped to create an environment for greater economic and community growth.
For more information on the Southtown Council, visit www.southtown.org or call 816-523-5553.
For media inquiries or more information on this issue, please contact Heidi Downer, Kansas City, Mo., Parks and Recreation Department, at 816-513-7527.