The first full weekend for the park will be Sept. 28-29, and we’ll have guided hikes and activities for kids from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each day. Until then, enjoy some photos our staff and volunteers have taken in the last two years — the youth you see here were part of a volunteer crew working on fences and native grassland studies:
- The sewer and power systems are complete. The domestic water and irrigation pumps will be installed in a few weeks (completing the water systems).
- Fencing is 90% complete, and the the archways and gates will be installed next week.
- The Visitor Contact building is getting sided and roofed.
- The picnic shelter roof and final trim are due next week.
- The restroom roofing and siding are set for next week, too.
- Roadways will get the final grading next week and paving will happen soon after.
- Improvements at the J.S. Burres day-use area (on the Gilliam side of the river) are under construction. They also plan to pave before the end of August.
- The entrance road trail is complete.
Contractors are working electrical, insulation and roofing for the maintenance building.
Roofing, sheeting and framing is moving along nicely for the visitor contact building.
Contractors are also completing framing for the picnic shelter, sheeted the roof and are working on plumbing.
The pump for the irrigation system arrived!
Working toward a Sept. 25 opening, contractors and park crews are making steady progress on the few facilities that need to be added near the park entrance. The interior of the park will be trails (usually by re-using the old jeep roads), but there will be a picnic area, welcome station, water and a small primitive campground closer to the highway.
Couple of photos from last week …
Maintenance building slab pour and framing prepped:
Picnic shelter beams set and trusses started:
Check it out … nifty time-lapse of a watercolor painting provided by architectural firm Hennebery Eddy’s Dawn Carlton:
We’re reviewing the results and will announce the main brand symbol soon. This will be used as an icon for the park, along with other art. We had 535 votes. Thanks for the help.
We’re part way through the wildflower bloom, and the landscape at Cottonwood is a mix of sage green and tan with little pops of ground-hugging yellow, purple and white flowers. And orange construction fences. Contractors are trenching and installing pipes and conduits for the water, sewer and electrical systems. They’re also working on the interior roads (most of the main road has been paved). While most of the trails into the heart of the park are just re-used jeep roads, there are some new paths in this small, developed part of the park, and they’re nearly finished with those, too.
A large number of riverside plants are in the ground, and park manager Tom Peterson reports they are doing well so far thanks to regular watering.
You can see the original barn in the last pic … it will be one of the main day-use features of the developed part of the park.