Dickerson Park Zoo Water Quality Improvements

Project Updates

Construction was completed on October 1, 2011. The proposed project consisted of various stormwater and water quality improvements to the Dickerson Park Zoo. These improvements included:

  • A new 38-foot pedestrian bridge to replace the existing deteriorating structure.
  • Five extended-detention water quality basins to remove pollutants from animal exhibits and improve water quality runoff to Pea Ridge Creek downstream.
  • Excavation for two rain gardens to improve water quality and act as an educational tool for Zoo visitors.
  • Construction of a new island within the existing lake to reduce bank erosion and provide an updated exhibit space for lemurs.
  • Various stormwater improvements consisting of berms, swales, and pipes to reduce flooding at several locations throughout the Zoo.

Project Update

Ribbon Cutting: October 17, 2011

Groundbreaking: Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Project Facts

Location: Dickerson Park Zoo

Objectives: The objectives of this project are to improve lake water quality and aesthetics, improve stormwater runoff quality from animal exhibits and reduce flooding. The project will be phased to reduce the impact on the operation of the zoo.

Design Features:

  • Lake bank stabilization and re-vegetation
  • Rain gardens and water quality basins
  • Drainage improvements to reduce flooding
  • Replacement of pedestrian bridge over the creek


Cost: $592,000

Funding Source: 2006 County-wide Parks Sales Tax Lake/Waterway Improvements

Completion: Fall 2011

Design Engineer: Olsson Associates/Scott Engineering

City Project Engineer: Cody Marshall, 864-1988

Contractor: Herion Construction

City Inspector: Joe Hamp


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Contact Us

Busch Building
PO BOX 8368
840 Boonville Avenue
Springfield, MO 65802
Tel: 417.864.1988