Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is set to debut Stillwater Place, its first dedicated rentable events center, in May.
The elegant, 10,000-square-foot event center offers year-round stunning views of Waterfowl Lake, a prime location across from the Zoo's Circle of Wildlife Carousel, an outdoor patio with a beautiful fireplace - perfect for cocktails, the ceremony or dessert, a dance floor, bridal dressing room, heated/air-conditioned transportation and reception capacity up to 300 guests for a sit down dinner.
Professional event planning services by Cleveland Metroparks staff make arrangements easy, and Stillwater Place features upscale catering provided by Aramark in addition to a state-of-the-art audio/video system.
On the inside, clients will enjoy peace of mind knowing the facility they've chosen for their event was designed with an eye toward responsible construction and energy efficiency.
Stillwater Place will feature bio-retention rain gardens to manage stormwater runoff, low VOC (volatile organic compound) adhesives and coatings, and construction materials sourced with a priority on using products produced within the region and with a high recycled content whenever possible. Energy efficient lighting systems are installed throughout the facility, including 50 percent LED lighting, and high efficiency HVAC systems, low flow lavatories and high efficiency hot water heaters will help the facility conserve water and energy.
To tie in the look of the new event center with the adjacent carousel pavilion, several bird tiles that acclaimed artist and designer Viktor Schreckengost originally created for the Zoo's Birds of the World Building were added to Stillwater Place's exterior. Twelve of the tiles also adorn the carousel pavilion.
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 carousel rides. For more information about reserving Stillwater Place, call 216-635-3304.
Northeast Ohio's most-visited year-round attraction, Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Admission is $13.25 per person, $9.25 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.