The park held a webinar today to go over the 5 alternatives for the Merced River Plan. About 33 dialed in. I know most of you were at work, so I attended and asked a bunch of questions. This plan will radically affect the Yosemite you have known since your first trip. The alternatives range from – not so bad – to really radical. In each there are things that will go away or be relocated:
• NPS Volunteer Office
• Happy Isles Snack Stand
• Yosemite Lodge Housing (1000’s of Cabins)
• Highland Court Housing
• Boys Town Housing Area
• Yosemite Lodge Post Office
• Yosemite Lodge Swimming Pool & Snack Stand
• Wawona Stables Operation
• NPS Finance Trailer in El Portal
• Ahwahnee Tennis Court and Former Golf Course
Here is a chart showing the number of people permitted in the park for various activities – a range from “ugh” to “holy cow.”
The park has NOT yet come up with a recommended alternative – they want YOUR comments. Get the plan and comment by April 20. If you don’t things like the Yosemite Lodge will be bull-dozed. Really. The Planning Group wit present at the Saturday YC Spring Forum. Another reason to attend.
In the interest of space and to try and keep this blog digestible, I’ll end here and post the Alternatives in subsequent blogs. Get the MRP Workbook <HERE>.
Unrelated thought worth quoting: “A vigorous five-mile walk will do more good for an unhappy but otherwise healthy adult than all the medicine and psychology in the world. – Paul Dudley White
*MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch – www.HikeHalfDome.com