Sequoia’s Lodgepole Visitor Center to receive a makeover

 

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are seeking public comment on design plans for the Lodgepole Visitor Center. An opportunity for the public to see the proposed plans and provide input will be at a meeting scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 6:30 p.m., at the Three Rivers Memorial Building. 
 
Park Service personnel will present an overview of current visitor center conditions and explain why the redesign is needed. 
 
The HealyKohler Design firm, which was selected to do the exhibit planning and design, will present three alternatives for the exhibits and reconfiguration of the space. 
 
The public will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the design alternatives. All comments will be taken into consideration when the NPS makes the final selection.
 
The current exhibits were installed in the 1960s as part of the National Park Service’s Mission 66. Mission 66 was a 10-year project undertaken by the National Park Service that was intended to expand the parks’ visitor services by 1966, in time for the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the NPS. 
 
Since the Park Service observed its 100th anniversary in 2016, it’s practical to assume that it’s time for an upgrade at the Lodgepole Visitor Center.  
 
The project will be funded through entrance fee revenue. It is an investment the Park Service eagerly anticipates as it will enhance the visitor experience. 
 
“This is an exciting opportunity to create exhibits that tell the story of the parks’ extensive and varied landscapes,” said Colleen Bathe, Chief of Interpretation, Education, and Partnerships. “Lodgepole is not only a popular place for campers, but also a starting point for wilderness trips. We envision exhibits that engage people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds.”
 
The project is a collaboration between Sequoia and Kings Canyon, exhibit planners from the National Park Service’s Harpers Ferry Center, and the Sequoia Parks Conservancy. Tribal partners have also been involved in the development of themes for the exhibits and will continue to provide input throughout the project.
 
Public feedback is an important part of the planning process. If anyone is interested in commenting but is unable to attend the meeting, comments may also be submitted via email to seki_interpretation@nps.gov or by calling Erika Williams, (559) 565-3729.

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