SPRINGFIELD AND OZARK, AUGUST—At the close of summer, Bass Pro Shops founder Johnny Morris unveiled his plans for the 32-acre Finley Farms in Ozark, featuring the historic Ozark Mill as the anchor.
The plans tied together the renovation of the mill, an ice cream and coffee shop, and relocation of the Riverside Bridge, to form a more concrete picture of the development.
“The entire design will reflect authentic Ozarks style in an understated way. The site will honor the past but won’t be tied down by it,” said Megan Morris, Johnny Morris’ daughter who’s working on the Finley Farms and mill restoration project. Phase I, which includes the opening of The Post, a 1,300-square-foot ice cream and coffee shop, is expected to be completed in the first half of 2019.
Finley Farms’ plans also feature:
In September, Johnny Morris’ Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium celebrated the one-year anniversary of its reopening. In its first year, WOW brought in 1.6 million visitors.
To coincide with the anniversary, WOW unveiled plans for expansion, including a 10,000-square-foot addition to open next year housing the Windland Smith Rice International Awards and its annual Nature’s Best Photography exhibition, previously only displayed at the Smithsonian National Museum of History in Washington, D.C.
The expansion is funded by a $15 million donation from FedEx Corp. (NYSE: FDX) and its founder Fred Smith. The awards are named after his late daughter who was a wildlife photographer and conservationist.
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