Fort Clatsop Visitor Center Improvements
The Visitor Center at Lewis and Clark National Park was constructed in 1963 as part of the National Park Service "Mission 66" initiative and underwent a major expansion and renovation in 1991. Numerous safety and accessibility issues have developed that need to be corrected and energy efficiency in its operation can also be significantly improved.
The park is considering the following improvements:
• Renovating the existing restrooms including a new family restroom area.
• Expanding the enclosed entryway to improve visitor orientation and correct accessibility issues.
• Upgrading the energy efficiency of the building by replacing outdated heating and cooling systems, replacing light fixtures, improving the insulation of the building, and replacing some windows.
• Improving safety with fire sprinkler changes and modernizing exits.
• Increasing the storage capacity of the curatorial storage room to meet NPS guidelines.
• Creating a space for groups to gather outside.
• Replacing floor surfaces
• Making the theatre more accessible
An Environmental Assessment will be prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). It will provide the decision-making framework that 1) analyzes a reasonable range of alternatives to meet project objectives, 2) evaluates issues and impacts to Lewis and Clark National Historical Park's resources and values, and 3) identifies mitigation measures to lessen the degree or extent of these impacts.
The National Park Service encourages public participation throughout the NEPA process. There are two phases of public comments. The first is scoping. The second is when the Environmental Assessment is released for public comment. You can access the comment section by clicking on the "Open for Comment" link to the left.
Colby Mackley, Chief of Facilities Maintenance