New RV Sites to Break Ground on North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park
Six RV sites and supporting infrastructure to be constructed soon.
On the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, a design/build project to construct six new RV sites and associated infrastructure will begin soon in the developed area. The project will include demolishing six external frame cabins, each approximately 300-square feet, and formalizing the parking and walkways around the cabins.
“With its investments of Recovery Act funds, the Department of the Interior and its bureaus are putting people to work today to make improvements that will benefit the environment and the region for many years to come,” Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar said.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) made funds possible for the project. Ridgway Valley Enterprises, LLC of Montrose, Colorado was awarded the design and build contract for approximately $292,000. Design is in process, and construction should start on site in July. Not only will this project add much-needed seasonal employee housing on the North Rim, it will create additional jobs in the south west.
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed earlier this year gave $3 billion to the Department of the Interior. NPS received $750 million of that amount – approximately 10 million of which was directed to Grand Canyon National Park.
The six cabins to be demolished are part of a complex that consists of twenty-six extant residential cabins, laundry facility and shower building that was constructed in 1929. Fifteen cabins within the complex have been rehabilitated over the past seven years , and new electrical, water and sewer infrastructure has been installed. Five additional cabins and the shower building are scheduled to be rehabilitated in the near future.