Replacement of Big Oak Flat Visitor Contact Station and Emergency Services Facilities

Replacement of Big Oak Flat Visitor Contact Station - Home

Documents & Meeting Information Comment/Get Involved



Public Scoping - Comment period closed June 4, 2018.
 
Three images showing parking congestion and the facilities at the Big Oak Flat Visitor Contact Station
Parking and facilities at the Big Oak Flat Visitor Contact Station
 
The Big Oak Flat entrance welcomes about one million visitors to the park annually. The nearby visitor contact station orients visitors by providing interpretation, wilderness permits, emergency services, campground information, and limited retail services. It also provides a comfort station with public restrooms and vending machines. The park is in the beginning stages of planning for the replacement of these facilities to improve the shortcomings of the existing facilities.

Park staff at the Big Oak Flat Visitor Contact Station struggle to provide quality public service due to the facilities not being adequately sized or effectively organized to accommodate the volume of visitors. Wayfinding in the area is unclear, leading to confusion and congestion. Visitors often must wait in long lines to access services and restrooms. Space restrictions strain the delivery of emergency services to the public and aging utility systems require a high level of maintenance.

Overall, the purpose of this project is to:
  • Unify visitor services with improved wayfinding and orientation
  • Provide an appropriately sized comfort station
  • Address visitor safety issues related to parking, lighting, and fire protection
  • Provide an emergency services facility with unobscured parking for ambulances and ranger vehicles
  • Reduce parking lot congestion and vehicular-pedestrian conflict
  • Upgrade outdated utility systems
  • Address accessibility deficiencies

Last updated: June 8, 2018

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 577
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Phone:

(209) 372-0200

Contact Us