January 20, 2017
Contact: George Land
Twentynine Palms, CA- Joshua Tree National Park – The Park has implemented a planning process to expand the existing visitor facilities adjacent to the Cottonwood Visitor Center on the southern border of the park. The 20 year old, double-wide trailer that currently serves as the park’s visitor center can no longer meet the needs of an increasing number of park visitors.
The park is looking at how best to interpret the story of Cottonwood Springs and the surrounding Colorado Desert through design elements as well as infrastructure along the current visitor center footprint. Park management hopes to see ground breaking on the project in the next two to three years with completion by 2022.
The project is relying on funding through the existing fee program. Money earned through the fees charged for park entrance must be channeled back into infrastructure projects or services that directly meet visitor needs.
Interested persons can read about the planning site on the web at https://pepc.nps.gov/JOTRVC or request a hard copy of the newsletter by calling 760 367-5502, or visiting park headquarters in Twentynine Palms. Persons wishing to comment on the project proposal can use the PEPC site directly or may communicate through writing to the park superintendent.
If you would like your address or email added to the mailing list for future updates on this project, please send your information to:
Joshua Tree National Park
Kirk Diamond, Chief of Maintenance
74485 National Park Drive
Twentynine Palms, CA 92277
Or call 760 367-5680.