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Contact: Vickie Carson, 270-758-2192
Mammoth Cave National Park Superintendent Patrick Reed has announced a public scoping meeting to be held on Tuesday, March 16, 2010, regarding plans to provide improved visitor services at the Mammoth Cave Hotel. The public is invited to attend.
“Forty-year old buildings don’t run like they did when they were new,” explained Reed. “And there is an aesthetic element here, too – Mammoth Cave Hotel and the old visitor center, both constructed in the 1960s, shared a similar design, like bookends on either side of the ravine. With the visitor center renovation underway, we would like to give the Hotel comparable consideration, regarding its appearance, facilities, and services.”
The open house will be held Tuesday, March 16, 2010, 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., at the Mammoth Cave Hotel Rotunda Room. The purpose of the open house is to provide the public and interested agencies and organizations an opportunity to learn about the proposed project and comment early in the planning process.
“In this scoping meeting, we want the public’s thoughts and ideas about the Hotel,” continued Reed. “Their comments will help shape our planning process.”
On March 16, Superintendent Reed will kick off the open house with introductory remarks and a summary of the project, and park staff will be available to answer questions. Portions of the hotel and its facilities also will be open for viewing by the public during the open house. The public is invited to visit at any point during the scheduled time to review materials and speak with park representatives.
In order to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, an Environmental Assessment (EA) will be completed. The EA will develop and analyze potential alternatives for providing improved visitor services at the Mammoth Cave Hotel as a financially viable, authorized concession within a national park. The EA is expected to be available for public and regulatory review in fall 2010, and implementation would begin once funding becomes available.
The public may provide written comments about the project online at the National Park Service Planning, Environment, and Public Comment website at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/maca, or by letter to Mammoth Cave National Park, Attn: Ken Kern, P.O. Box 7, Mammoth Cave, KY 42259.
Comments are typically treated as public record and made available for public review. Individuals may request that the National Park Service withhold their name and address from disclosure. Such requests will be honored to the extent allowable by law.