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.
This is ranching country, so shouldn’t Cottonwood have it’s own brand? Sure. And we know just who can help us make it happen … the kids who live around the park. We asked the nearby schools to unleash their creativity and send us some ideas, and “some” turned into 87 pieces of art. We’ve narrowed it down to the top dozen ideas, and now turn it over to you … which do you like the best? We’ll use it on signs, displays and in other ways. Many of these will find use in the park in one way or another, but the top design will represent Cottonwood Canyon to the world.
We’re making progress on the main entrance road (it will pass beneath Highway 206, re-using an existing road). It needs to be widened and improved a bit to handle the kinds of vehicles park visitors typically drive.
We’re working toward a Fall 2013 opening. When the park debuts, it will feature trails and a picnic area. More details on that in a bit. The JS Burres parking area and raft take-out is on the opposite side of the river from the main park entrance and will remain open as we work on the park.
Here are a couple of recent photos showing the road work, barn roofing and fresh native vegetation we’re planting to improve the riverside areas.
Well, sorry for the big delay in posting an update here. The park has been moving successfully through local land use planning, and we’re now working on agreements with the counties to cover technical things like communications and emergency response.
On the practical side, we’re getting ready to award a contract for work on the main park entrance road off the highway. If you buzz past the park, you’ll see big equipment around the south side of the park (off Highway 206). Roughing in the entrance road is the first step in construction, and we plan to open this park in Autumn 2013. As work picks up, we’ll post photos here and start to talk about the basic park services you can expect to see on opening.