Items Tagged with 'John Ball Zoo'


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

Street Talk: Spectrum queues up for 1.2 million people with no health care insurance

Lions and tigers.

August 9, 2013
Why the health care insurance issue won’t go away Read More

John Ball Zoo names Kevin O'Neill interim CEO

April 17, 2013
The John Ball Zoo has a new CEO that will take the popular attraction through the process of transferring its ownership from Kent County and the John Ball Zoo Society to a new, yet-to-be-named nonprofit organization. Read More

Zoo management change could come next year

New entity may need operating budget of $6.5 million.

March 15, 2013
(As seen on WZZM TV 13) Under the direction of Kent County and the John Ball Zoological Society, John Ball Zoo has become a player in the county’s hospitality industry in recent years. Read More

John Ball Zoo jumps into spring

March 5, 2013
The John Ball Zoo Society announced via Facebook that the zoo is now open for the 2013 season, though not all of the exhibits are available for viewing. Read More