October 21, 2015
Contact: Kathleen Kelly
, 907- 683-9504
The National Park Service (NPS) invites the public to attend a meeting to learn about and offer input regarding trails planning efforts, a proposed wayside area and related topics. The open house meeting will be Wednesday, November 18, 6-8 p.m. at the McKinley Village Community Center.
Open House Topics
Denali National Park and Preserve does not currently have a trails plan but is interested in developing a formal plan that will consolidate and update existing management guidance. Park staff are currently asking for public input and ideas for consideration in a formal trails management plan.
As part of this process, park staff are preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to evaluate a Nenana River Trail, a Mt. Healy Overlook Loop Trail and trail connections near the Riley Creek Campground.
A public comment period for the trails planning effort is open until October 31. Visit the NPS planning website for more details and to comment. This site includes links to background materials & existing plans related to trails planning.
Wayside Area Construction
The State of Alaska Department of Transportation (DOT) plans to replace the highway bridge at mile 231 on the George Parks Highway, near Crabbie’s Crossing at McKinley Village, as a safety enhancement project. The park proposes to create a wayside area, in conjunction with DOT activities, to provide a safe parking area. Amenities for the area may include picnic facilities, vault toilets and signage.
Learn more about the proposed DOT project at mile 231
Denali Long Range Transportation Plan
The open house will also include an opportunity to learn about the Denali Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP). This plan is being developed as part of a nationwide NPS initiative to strategically plan for multi-modal transportation on federal lands over the next 20 years.
For more information or directions contact Molly McKinley, Outdoor Recreation Planner, at 907-683-6241 or email Molly.