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John Ball Zoo taking the first step toward bringing a world-class aquarium to West Michigan

Wikipedia / John Ball Zoo

John Ball Zoo officials have commissioned a feasibility study examining potential locations in Kent and Muskegon Counties for a large-scale aquarium featuring more than one million gallons of fresh and salt water exhibits. The layout could feature floor-to-ceiling viewing walls and a space where visitors pass through tunnels exploring a shark tank and living coral reef complete with jellyfish.

The feasibility study focused on selecting a geographical placement that would generate the greatest tourism success and community impact. The City of Muskegon’s location along the lakeshore and Grand Rapids’ along the Grand River have obvious ties to water ecosystems.

Both cities identify the aquarium as an anchor destination drawing millions of visitors to the region.

John Ball Zoo officials estimate the study could take up to one year to complete.