New Welcome Center, Zoo Building Unveiled at Irvine Park

photos by Andrea Paulseth

The public got its first inside look on Tuesday, June 14, at the new Irvine Park Welcome Center in Chippewa Falls. Hundreds of onlookers attended a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the facility, which will serve multiple purposes: Its 13,500 square feet will welcome visitors to the park and zoo, house the zoo’s small mammals and birds, and store historic artifacts. The $3.95 million building was almost entirely funded through donations.

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