|March 19, 2012 - Knoxville Zoo has begun construction on what will be the largest splash pad in the
Knoxville area. Plans are to debut the new 5,000 square
foot Safari Splash water play area in late spring.
Located next to the zoo's Grasslands Africa! region, this
safari-themed splash pad includes play areas designed
for all ages, from toddlers to teens, and also features a
play area where the whole family can get in on the fun.
Vertical components are also a key part of the design,
with life-sized giraffes that spout water when kids work
together to direct the flow, water hoops and loops, team
sprays that use cooperative play to send water several
stories in the air and colorful giant flowers. Safari
Splash will also have changing areas with storage and
restrooms available for visitors' convenience.
"This is an experience that we've been anticipating bringing to our guests, and we're very excited it will be
a reality this spring," says Jim Vlna, executive director of Knoxville Zoo. "We hope Safari Splash will
make a visit to Knoxville Zoo even more enjoyable and provide guests with another way to cool off during
the summer months."
Knoxville Zoo is Knoxville's largest year-round attraction. Located off exit 392A from Interstate 40, the
zoo is open every day except Christmas Day. Knoxville Zoo is nationally accredited by the Association of
Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) and is committed to the highest standards in animal care and well-being,
ethics, conservation, and education. Currently, the zoo is open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. until
4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9:30 a.m. until 6:00 p.m. Admission and ticket sales stop onehour
before the zoo closes. Next-day admission is free after 3 p.m. For more information, please call
865-637-5331 or visit www.knoxvillezoo.org.