Summer in the City: Scenes from the Nature Boardwalk at the Lincoln Park Zoo

As a fairly regular visitor to the Lincoln Park Zoo, I've been eagerly watching the construction of the new Nature Boardwalk and revitalization of the South Pond. In fact, I was so interested in this project that I wrote a story about it for the June issue of Mindful Metropolis Magazine.

The Nature Boardwalk opened to the public at the end of June, but due to my extremely hectic summer schedule (read: lazy days at the beach and out-of-town summer excursions with the kiddos), I hadn't been down to check out this revamped space.

So a few days ago, the kiddos and I went for a stroll around the Nature Boardwalk during a zoo outing. After our walk around, we concluded that this space is definitely a "work in progress."

Many of the native flowers and grasses were planted from seed, so the vegetation hasn't reached the lush stage yet. We spotted some ducks and birds. We marveled at the awesome skyline view. My kids looked on with jealousy at a class being conducted with zoo campers in the outdoor education pavilion. And we talked about the awesome paddle boats that used to grace the pond (bring them back! please bring them back!).

If you haven't had a chance to check out the Nature Boardwalk yet either, have a look at the photo gallery below to get a better idea of this space.

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