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Minnesota Zoo Takes Big Step in Construction of Treetop Trail, World's Longest Elevated Pedestrian Loop

APPLE VALLEY, MN — A big step in the construction of the Minnesota Zoo's Treetop Trail was recently taken as the official first segment of the trail was raised into place.

Members of the PCL Construction team hoisted a 20-foot by 8-foot piece of the trail, complete with railing, onto the zoo's original monorail track using a crane/boom truck. This piece, one of hundreds to be placed on the project, will be the first segment of the Treetop Trail that zoo guests will walk upon when they enter from the zoo's Central Plaza.

"Today marks a major milestone for construction of the Treetop Trail. With this first completed section being raised, we are seeing, for the first time, the true transformation of the closed monorail into the world's longest elevated pedestrian loop — allowing our guests and partners to visualize how this momentous project will further immerse them in nature," said Minnesota Zoo Director John Frawley. "Thanks to the hard work and expertise of our staff and construction partners, we remain on track to open the Treetop Trail next summer and share this gift with Minnesotans and visitors from all over the world. We are grateful to all who have supported this project generously, including the State of Minnesota and our Treetop Trail donors."

"PCL Construction is excited to celebrate this project milestone at the Minnesota Zoo Treetop Trail," said Trent Johnson, District Manager for PCL. "We have partnered with the zoo on several endeavors since 2014 and are proud to lead construction on this project that makes use of the existing monorail structure and will offer amazing views to zoo visitors. We can't wait for the community to enjoy the Treetop Trail for generations to come."

Scheduled for completion in the summer of 2023, the 1.25-mile Treetop Trail will be the world's longest elevated pedestrian loop bringing guests up to 32 feet above the ground and providing them with an immersive experience in nature. Integrating into the monorail track's existing footprint, the Treetop Trail will be a reuse construction project.

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