Hodgdon Meadow Trailer Replacement
Yosemite National Park is considering the construction of a duplex in the Hodgdon Meadow housing area in order to replace previously removed obsolete trailers that did not meet National Park Service (NPS) housing standards. This duplex would provide new housing for two or more park employees. Hodgdon Meadow is one of three residential areas in the Mather Ranger District.
Private housing in nearby communities is very limited, and Mather District employees face a shortage of adequate housing. The new duplex would help Yosemite National Park address this housing shortage and provide a type of housing that meets National Park Service standards for safety, economy, and quality.
Yosemite National Park identified Hodgdon Meadow as an appropriate area for residential and administrative facilities development in the 1980 General Management Plan.
However, this project would not expand housing capacity at Hodgdon Meadow, as the proposal is to replace substandard units that were included in the housing inventory in 1980.
The new duplex would be energy-efficient, bear-proof, affordable to maintain, and would match the architectural style of the other Hodgdon Meadow buildings.
Incorporating input from park staff and the public, Yosemite National Park has selected a preferred construction site for the new Hodgdon duplex. This previously-disturbed site is the former location of a trailer used for employee housing, and does not expand the developed footprint of the housing area. The proposed duplex would use an existing design from the National Park Service “Prototype Design Guidelines for trailer Replacement”. It would be a conventional, stick-frame structure on a slab foundation. Soil will need to be excavated to prepare the site for the foundation, the amount of which will depend on the chosen design.
Did You Know?
Starting in 1907, the Yosemite Valley Railroad brought passengers bound for Yosemite Valley up the Merced River canyon to El Portal. From there, they would take stagecoaches to the Valley. Some of the old train cars are now on display in El Portal.