Zoo Gives Statement about Intentions to Reduce Noise, Next Meeting June 8

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(Crystal A. Proxmire, March 14, 2015)

As the Detroit Zoo prepares for Bunnyville, which is the unofficial kick off to the event season on April 3, zoo officials are working to address concerns that were brought up by residents last month in a community meeting.

The meeting gave neighbors in Huntington Woods and Royal Oak the chance to talk about the issue of increased noise from special events and the Dinosauria exhibit along with other suggestions for improvements, and to hear about what is happening at the zoo property, which sits in both cities.

Sahara ad with wineIn a follow up letter to the public, Detroit Zoological Society Chief Operating Officer Gerry VanAcker said “For those that have concerns, please know that we care. Your elected officials represent your interests and had already been an effective voice for you.”

 

Based on resident comments, VanAcker shared the following list of actions being taken:

 

1) DZS has scheduled a meeting with our acoustician in early March to discuss additional ways to continue to reduce event noise and to review DZS noise monitoring protocols. This will be the fourth meeting over the past 6 years as we continue to work on meeting community standards.

2)Using input from the acoustician, DZS staff will review and strengthen existing noise monitoring and suppression protocols.Reid_Sally_115

3) Marketing staff will revisit the type of music used at Summer Zoomance and Wild Beast Wild Wine events. These are very popular events.

4) Accessibility to the Zoo – the Zoo will reconsider adding a sidewalk on its northeast corner

5) Dinosauria improvements under consideration include adding berms on the north side of the exhibit. Other items for consideration include: Placement of air compressor in an insulated hut, placement of louder Dinos at the south side of the exhibit, use of motion sensors to better control seed92929maioranaFamily_march2015Dino sounds and research baffling to be placed on top of berms and fencing

6) Continue to evaluate placement of screening on north perimeter fence

7) Update neighbors on progress of planning for additional Zoo parking

In recent years the Detroit Zoo has grown from just a place to see animals, to a gathering space for celebrations, charity events, and concerts. The increase in activity and noise prompted residents to complain, bringing about the community meeting had been held. Feb. 12.

The next meeting has been scheduled for Monday, June 8, 2015, at 6 P.M. at the Ford Education Center Theater at the Detroit Zoo where zoo officials plan to give updates on the changes and listen to resident feedback.Judy_Palmer30years

“We continue to be focused on being good neighbors and to pay attention to your thoughts about the Detroit Zoo. We look forward to meeting with you o n June 8 and trust that we can move forward cooperatively for the benefit of Zoo guests , our neighbors and the Zoo itself,” Acker said.

Previous stories:

http://oaklandcounty115.com/2015/02/13/multiple-perspectives-in-detroit-zoo-discussions-video/

http://oaklandcounty115.com/2015/02/04/detroit-zoo-to-meet-with-residents-about-events-and-noise-feb-12/

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