Curry Village Geologic Hazard Canvas Tent Relocation
Twenty-seven canvas tents have been identified as exceeding acceptable risk levels and therefore have been scheduled for removal or relocation. These existing units are #10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 32, 33, 472, 473, 474, 475, 476, and 477. The concessioner, DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite, Inc. (DNC) has requested that unit #18 be included in the tent relocation to prevent this unit from being isolated. The total number of canvas tents for relocation is twenty-eight.
Ten (10) Cabins with Bath units (5 buildings) have also been identified as exceeding acceptable risk levels and therefore have been scheduled for removal from occupancy. This project does not plan for the removal of the cabin structures. These existing units are #25A, 25B, 26A, 26B, 27A, 27B, 28A, 28B, 29A, and 29B. DNC has requested these units be replaced with ten canvas tent units.
Proposed areas are as follows: Curry Village East - six unheated canvas tents will be relocated to the east end of the Curry Village developed area near the 700 series tents. In order to meet electrical code, these units will require the installation of three new electrical poles. This area is also referred to as the "Blackberry area".
Old Boystown - Nine canvas tents will be relocated to infill positions within existing "Old Boystown". These units will be heated to be consistent with adjacent accommodations. Additional propane and electrical services are not required as this area already has sufficient service.
New Boystown - Twenty-three canvas tents will be relocated or constructed in the "New Boystown" area which was first developed in 2009. These units will be heated to be consistent with adjacent accommodations. Existing propane farm will adequately support these new units therefore no new propane service additions are required. In order to meet electrical code, these units will require the installation of six new electrical poles.
Tent cabins are constructed on post and piers which may require minor surface grading to obtain a level foundation. The installation of up to nine electrical poles will require a four foot hole which will be dug by a mechanical post-hole digger. Propane will be installed 18 inches below grade per code and will be hand dug by a ditch-witch. All equipment will be washed and inspected by park staff prior to entry to the park. All ground disturbance will occur in developed areas.
Proposed relocation sites will have a minimal effect on vegetation. Some tree limbing and brush clearing will be required. Non-native, invasive blackberry in "Old Boystown" area will be removed by acceptable means. Large trees and oaks will be avoided for clearing or limbing. All limb work will be at the direction of the park forester.
Relocating tents to East Curry Village and Old Boystown will occur first as the construction of tent cabins in New Boystown will take longer. DNC plans to open all 38 units to the public by October 1, 2012. At no point will more than 503 guest unit accommodations in Curry Village be available for sale to the public.
Park GIS layering and 911 Database will be informed to provide up to date information for emergency response. Maps presented to these branches will not be survey quality but will provide best available spatial information for inclusion.
This project will relocate or replace thirty-eight visitor accommodations within Curry Village as an interim response to a National Park Service (NPS), Yosemite memorandum dated June 13, 2012 titled "Action Implementation Schedule for Geologic Hazard Assessment in Yosemite" signed by the park Superintendent. This memorandum identified structures within Curry Village whose existing locations exceed acceptable risk levels and therefore must be removed. This project is interim to the finalization of the Merced River Plan Environmental Impact Statement and Record of Decision.