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Grand Canyon National Park

2009/2010 Accomplishment Report

Visitor Center and Mather Point improvements

The park completed Phase 1 of the visitor center improvement project. The work included re-routing the road away from the Mather Point overlook, adding 600 spaces of private vehicle parking and 40 commercial bus spaces. This removes vehicles from unsafe parking along the road shoulders and allows for resource restoration in the area. It provides vastly improved access to the visitor center and improves access and use of park buses.

Design for a new 250-seat park theater was completed in FY 2009 and sent to the Development Advisory Board for approval. Construction began on the theater during the summer of 2010. The new amphitheater allows park visitors to view the canyon’s famous vistas from a beautiful location, while seated on native limestone. The amphitheater’s location next to the rim seats approximately 50 – 80 people providing space for ranger talks or viewing the canyon’s sunrises and sunsets in a peaceful setting. Work began on a new accessibility ramp at Mather Point in the summer of 2010. Also, a new amphitheatre on the rim was completed in time for use by the Interpretive Division over Labor Day weekend. The Landmark Feature (a gathering spot) was completed in consultation with 11 affiliated tribes and dedicated on Oct. 25, 2010 (photo below).

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