Items Tagged with 'John Ball Zoo'


Zoo, GR Public Museum fuel economy

Study shows more than 60 percent of visitors come from outside Kent County.

October 21, 2016
A recent study of the economic impact of two local institutions shows both greater reach and more significant outcomes for the community than study participants expected. Read More

Street Talk: Zoo, museum seek cash influx

To the bone.

May 13, 2016
John Ball Zoo and the Grand Rapids Public Museum are asking Kent County voters to create a “stable and reliable funding” source for their organizations. Read More

Inside Track: D’Arienzo sees zoos as a way to change the world

The new John Ball Zoo CEO has a lengthy background in the entertainment industry.

February 19, 2016
As Peter D’Arienzo settled into a chair in a conference room at the John Ball Zoo administrative offices, he twisted off the cap of a water bottle. Read More

John Ball Zoo names CEO

November 13, 2015
A Grand Rapids cultural institution has a new leader. Read More

County OKs ‘concept’ of zoo expansion

February 27, 2015
Kent County commissioners approved the future “concept” of an expanded John Ball Zoo, as reflected in the zoo’s newly updated 10-year master plan. Read More

Kent County eyes zoo master plan

There is also talk at John Ball Zoo about a possible future millage to fund it.

February 20, 2015
The Kent County Board of Commissioners will review the John Ball Zoo’s new master plan this week, which has to be updated every 10 years and approved by the county, under the terms of the county’s lease contract with the nonprofit corporation that now runs the zoo. Read More

Zoo operations will officially change hands

County commission ratifies long-term lease with brand-new entity.

December 13, 2013
In a few weeks Kent County will no longer operate John Ball Zoo and Park, after doing so for 26 years. Read More

Questions arise about zoo lease and operating agreement

December 6, 2013
A potential 60-year, $120 million lease and operating agreement for the Kent County-owned John Ball Zoo and Park prompted some questions from members of the county’s Finance Committee last week. Read More

John Ball Zoo may soon get new management

Lease and operating contract is scheduled to make the rounds this week.

November 29, 2013
After operating and maintaining the John Ball Zoo and Park on the northwest side of Grand Rapids for the past 26 years, Kent County recently came close to transferring those duties to the new John Ball Zoo Corp. Read More

John Ball Zoo breaks attendance record

November 4, 2013
John Ball Zoo is counting record-setting numbers for attendance — for the third straight year. Read More