If you've ever ventured to Cedar Grove in Kings Canyon National Park, you know there's not much there in terms of development aside from a small lodge and associated restaurant and four campgrounds. Is that too much, or too little? Park officials want to know as they embark on an environmental assessment looking at the future of concessions in Kings Canyon.
The current concessions contract in Kings Canyon expires on October 31, 2011. Between now and then park managers want to examine how best to run concessions in the park. Current facilities at Grant Grove include a restaurant, gift shop, lodge, shower and laundry facilities, grocery store, and concession employee housing. Current facilities at Cedar Grove include a restaurant, gift shop/grocery store, lodge, shower and laundry facilities, and concessioner employee housing.
During the upcoming environmental assessment exploring concessions, park managers want to examine what alternatives exist. That's where you come in. The Park Service is seeking public input and feedback on the existing facilities at the two areas, and what facilities and activities you would like to have available at these areas in the future. This prospectus will not include commercial pack stock facilities.
The fine print: Commercial services are offered in parks to facilitate enjoyable and safe visitor experiences while protecting park resources. Commercial services provide goods and services that are not otherwise available nearby. All commercial services must be authorized; must be deemed necessary and/or appropriate; and must be economically feasible. Commercial service use levels and types are managed to provide high-quality visitor experiences while protecting natural, cultural, and scenic resources.
You can submit your comments online by selecting Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks at the NPS Planning, Environment and Public Comment website, http://parkplanning.nps.gov/seki . Or you can direct comments regarding this project to the park in writing by sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or the public may mail or hand deliver their comments to:
Superintendent Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Attn: Kings CanyonProspectus
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271
All comments must be received by December 21, 2009.