A plan to improve the area around the Bright Angel Trailhead in Grand Canyon National Park is now available for public comment.
The environmental assessment affects an area of roughly 5 acres at the trailhead. Officials are proposing to develop a plaza near the primary trailhead; separate vehicle parking and circulation areas from pedestrian zones; enhance trail connections and wayfinding, and; build a restroom near the proposed plaza and existing mule corral.
Additionally, if additional funds are found in the future, officials want to harden the parking area surface and delineate approximately 70-80 parking spaces, create an interpretive area at Kolb Garage and enhance signage, and revegetate the area.
"The project’s primary objectives include enhancing the area’s signing, shade, seating, and restroom availability, improving paths and connecting trails, eliminating rim edge vehicle parking to provide enhanced pedestrian circulation, and creating a sense of place—an area visitors will immediately recognize as the Bright Angel Trailhead," park officials said in a release.
You can review the EA at this site, and comments can be submitted at that same time or mailed to Steve Martin, Superintendent, Grand Canyon National Park, Attention: Office of Planning and Compliance, P.O. Box 129 (1 Village Loop for express mail), Grand Canyon, Arizona 86023.
Comments will be accepted through December 21, 2007.