NORRISTOWN – Elmwood Park Zoo officials announced on Tuesday, October 27, 2021 that EPZ has received a $ 1 million donation from the Genuardi Family Foundation. The donation supports the zoo’s efforts to expand its development into Stony Creek and is one of the largest in the zoo’s 97-year history.
The future expansion of the Elmwood Park Zoo hinges on being able to access the more than 20 acres of land adjacent to the zoo’s current footprint. The donation from the Genuardi Family Foundation will fund the construction of a 100-foot-long pedestrian and vehicle bridge that spans the creek. The bridge is the crucial first step in allowing the zoo to develop the land for future animal enclosures, guest amenities and more.
The Genuardi Family Foundation was established in 2001 by nine third-generation cousins of the Genuardi family of Norristown with the aim of giving back to the communities that supported their supermarket business. For more than two decades, the Genuardi Family Foundation has helped fund a number of Elmwood Park Zoo initiatives, including its extensive breeding programs, as well as its education programs for low-income groups and with special needs. “Our Board of Directors is pleased to support the Elmwood Park Zoo at a critical time in its expansion,” said Beth Genuardi Borrelli, President of the Genuardi Family Foundation. “Families across our region will continue to benefit immensely from the zoo’s commitment to improving its exhibits and facilities, ensuring wonderful memories for future generations.”
“We are deeply grateful for the immense generosity of the Genuardi Family Foundation,” said Al Zone, Executive Director and CEO of the Elmwood Park Zoo. “Their support will set the stage for the bridge over Stony Creek and our exciting plans for the future. “
“The donation from the Genuardi Family Foundation brings us closer to a whole new era for the zoo,” said Jennifer Conti, Director of Development at Elmwood Park Zoo. “This opens up our ability to improve our existing facilities and create exciting new adventures for the enjoyment of our customers. “