Former home of Baboon Island, the newly development 1.5 acre Hamill Family Nature Plaza now provides guests with the opportunity to relax in a serene, natural environment with winding pathways that feature opportunities for nature play and education while surrounding an open-sided, three-season pavilion for seasonal chats with Brookfield Zoo staff and Animal Ambassadors as well as education programs, private functions such as weddings, receptions, and corporate events in the evenings.
Guests can also discover nature in the science exploration garden for structured zoo educational programming and a sensory garden full of raised beds where guests can also learn about flowers and vegetables that can be planted at home.
Other plaza features include the council ring for structured classes and large gatherings as well as the complete renovation of the old Scoops Restaurant with a newly branded Peacock Café and Grill with food options themed around sustainable dining.
The Featherstone team was with us from the beginning through the initial concept discussions with our donors to project management including: conceptual and schematic drawings, budget estimation, permitting, bidding, and construction management. We were pleased that Featherstone completed this project on time, on budget, and exceeded our aspirational goals for minority and women owned business participation. Their due diligence, communication and collaboration with our staff was excellent.Mr. Rich Gamble, Chief Operating Officer / Executive Vice President, Brookfield Zoo