Henson-Robinson Zoo

 

1100 East Lake Drive (in Lake Park)
Springfield, IL 62712
217-753-6217
www.hensonrobinsonzoo.org/

This small zoo, run by the Springfield Park District, is located on the east side of Lake Springfield. On display are more than 300 animals, 90 species in all, native to Australia, Africa, Asia and North and South America. There is also a petting zoo with goats and sheep. Almost all areas are wheelchair accessible with either concrete or asphalt surfaces. In one area with a steep slope—the Asiatic black bear enclosure—a viewing platform allows visitors to instead see the animal from above. An audio tour is currently under development. Please check the website for special events and program details.

Hours

  • April - October
    • Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm
    • Sat Sun: 9am-6pm
  • November - March
    • Daily 10am-4pm.
  • Closed Thanksgiving Day, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Day, New Year's Day

Admission

  • Check the website for current entrance pricing and discounts

Parking/Loading Zone

  • Accessible loading zone
  • Private parking lot—designated accessible spaces

Educational Programs

  • Type—Workshops, classes
  • Ages served—2-17
  • Disabilities served—All, no targeted programming
  • Note: See website for list of programs

Features for People with Service Animals

  • Natural surface/grassy dog relief area
    • Location—Next to parking lot

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Features for People with Hearing Loss

  • Printed information—brochure with map

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Features for People with Vision Loss

  • Orientation/tour of zoo—on request
    • Advance notice required
  • Touch exhibits—petting zoo with goats and sheep
  • Braille/Tactile Signage—restrooms
  • Interior Signage—large print, high contrast, non-glare
  • Height clearance at least 80”
  • No undetectable protruding objects in path of travel
  • Note: An audio tour is currently under development

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Accessible Entrance

  • Level entry
  • Door has at least 32" clearance
  • Threshold less than 1/2" beveled
  • Easy grasp/lever handle or none

Assistive Equipment for Guests with Physical Disabilities

  • Wheelchair
  • Available from—Outside area past ticketing

Interior Access

  • Corridor/path of travel at least 36" wide

Elevator

  • None
  • All facilities on one level

Exterior Access

  • Corridor/path of travel at least 36" wide
  • Stable/non-slip surface
  • Surface material—asphalt, concrete,
  • Slope steep in some areas—Asian bear and African wild dog enclosures
    • Can view bear from above instead
  • Route includes—boardwalks, bridges, viewing platform
  • Note: Some asphalt surfaces worn and uneven

Accessible Facilities/Amenities

  • Visitor Center
  • Brochure rack
  • Seating—benches
  • Gift Shop
    • Space to turn/maneuver
  • Snack Bar
  • Drinking Fountain
  • Vending Machines
  • Picnic pavilion and tables
  • Note: Ticketing and sales counter 40" high

Exhibits

  • On accessible route
  • Space to approach/view/maneuver
  • Freestanding cases 36"-39" max.
  • Labels are viewable from seated position

Performance Space

  • Amphitheatre
  • Fixed seating
    • Benches without backs
  • Wheelchair seating
    • Number of Spaces—Numerous
    • Locations—Ends of rows
  • Companion seating
    • Fixed, alongside
  • Wheelchair access to stage/playing area
    • Ramp

Snack Bar

  • Menu on wall/sign only
  • Counter service only
  • Pay at cashier counter
    • 40" high

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Accessible Public Restroom

  • Men's and Women's
  • Location
    • Main building
  • Access symbol identifies facility
  • Entry door at least 32" clearance
  • Threshold less than 1/2" beveled
  • Space in restroom to maneuver—5' by 5' or T-shaped space to turn
  • Wheelchair stall 60" by 58"/60" minimum
  • Stall door at least 32" clearance
  • Stall door swings out
  • Grab bar behind and alongside toilet
  • Lateral transfer space at least 30" wide
  • Toilet height 17" to 19"
  • Roll under sink with knee clearance at least 27" high and 30" wide
  • Mirror 40" or less from floor or tilted
  • Towels/soap/vending within reach—48" or less from floor
  • Faucet controls automatic or lever type
  • Easy grasp/lever handle or none

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