Fort Worth Zoo
The Fort Worth Zoo covers 60 developed acres and has undergone continual expansion since opening in 1910. Dunaway has been providing services to the Fort Worth Zoo since 1999, beginning with topography and as-built surveys and continuing with various drainage, flood control, site development, utility coordination, grading, tree surveys, paving design, property and GIS mapping, and expansion planning. Most notable projects have included the Texas Wild! exhibit, Petting Ranch, the Swinging Bridge, the Outdoor Learning Center and Safari Splash.
The Safari Splash Aquatic Play Park includes 4,500 square feet of interactive play area with four slides, a tidal splash bucket, multiple water geysers, waterfall and other spray elements. Unique features set aside for toddlers includes large-scale animal sculpture slides and spray elements suitable for young children. The site includes four rentable cabanas, restroom and concession building, and a 30-foot hexagonal-covered pavilion. Prior to reaching the spray park, visitors enter an 80-foot-long bridge over the adjacent creek, surrounded by mature trees that create a sense of immersion in the natural environment. The site had challenging topography that called for extensive terracing and creative design solutions like a 12,000 square foot deck and cantilevered shade structure. The close proximity of the adjacent zoo creek required a detailed flood study, and Dunaway was successful in getting the project’s floodplain development permit.