Vincennes, Ind. -- The National Park Service and George Rogers Clark National Historical Park are pleased to announce the awarding of a $3 million contract to Frontier Waterproofing of Denton, Texas, to rehabilitate the terrace and access steps of the Clark Memorial.
The Memorial Terrace, which has suffered from severe leakage since its construction in the early 1930s, will be dismantled and repaired. The terrace is the area of the monument extending outward from the columns to the parapet wall. The work will include installation of a new drainage system, waterproofing of the terrace surface, repair of the damaged concrete and steel, and recaulking of the exterior stone and steps. The monument rotunda (inside the columns) will not be impacted by this work.
Work is expected to begin in late July 2008 and will take at least 1 year to complete. During that time the monument will be closed to the public however, the visitor center and park grounds will remain open for visitor use. The park entrance fee, normally $3.00 for those over 17, will be waived during the period of restoration. Park staff will present periodic programs and temporary wayside exhibits will be erected to allow visitors to learn about the project as it proceeds. Special events hosted by the park such as the Spirit of Vincennes Rendezvous and the Vincennes University Tube Race should not be impacted by this project.
Superintendent Dale Phillips stated, that “This is a once-in-a-lifetime restoration project, and is critically needed for the long-term preservation of the Clark Memorial.” Phillips added, “I’d like also to thank all the park’s many friends, partners, elected officials and NPS staff that have helped to bring this 10-year effort to a successful conclusion.”