Are you looking for a unique place to celebrate your wedding, special gathering or trade show? If your event is planned for spring of 2015 you can look no farther. The Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has broken ground for a new state of the art rentable event center that will be able to provide the hosting of private events in the Zoo during and after regular Zoo hours.
The name of the new center is “Stillwater Place” and when completed will provide an elegant 10,000 sq. ft. reception area. The new center will be situated across from the Zoo’s new Circle of Wildlife Carousel and will provide a spectacular view of Waterfowl Lake. Other features of the center will be an outdoor patio complete with a beautiful fireplace making it available for all seasons, a dance floor, a bridal dressing room, eated/air-conditioned transportation and reception capacity up to 300 guests for a sit down dinner.
"Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is one of the most unique wedding and special event locations available," said Brian Zimmerman, Cleveland Metroparks CEO. "Stillwater Place on scenic Waterfowl Lake, across from the new Circle of Wildlife Carousel, is an ideal location for a distinctively different event."
Construction of the new facility is estimated at $2.3 million. The Zoo's longtime contracted caterer, Aramark, has committed $1 million toward the construction of Stillwater Place. The Cleveland Zoological Society has committed $300,000 and the other $1 million will be funded by Cleveland Metroparks. Stillwater Place will feature professional event planning services with upscale catering provided by Aramark in addition to a state-of-the-art audio/video system.
"Aramark is very excited to extend our longtime partnership with Cleveland Metroparks, including the construction of the new event center," said Aramark District Manager Sam Cario. "This new space will allow us to produce and create a wider variety of events in an environment that is unmatched in Northeast Ohio."
With Stillwater Place's central location within the Zoo, event guests can take advantage of picturesque photo locations throughout the Zoo in addition to customized packages that could include up-close encounters with animals and Circle of Wildlife Carousel rides.
Northeast Ohio's most-visited year-round attraction, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily with hours extended to 7 p.m. on weekends and holidays from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Admission is $12.25 per person, $8.25 for kids ages 2 to 11 and free for children younger than 2 and Zoo members. Parking is free. Located at 3900 Wildlife Way, the Zoo is easily accessible from Interstates 71, 90 and 480.
For more information, visit clevelandmetroparks.com/zoo or call (216) 661-6500.