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Grand Canyon National Park

2009/2010 Accomplishment Report

South Rim entrance

The park solved one of the greatest problems for park visitors when it changed the configuration of the south entrance station. This has reduced the average wait for a visitor from 1.5 hours in the summer to less than 15 minutes.

Grand Canyon’s South Rim entrance station. NPS photo

New Science and Resource Management building

The Science and Resource Management staff now occupies offices in facilities abandoned by park maintenance years ago. These offices are completely inadequate, with leaking roofs, little or no insulation, and workspaces and heating systems designed for maintenance shops and vehicle bays. A new, LEED-rated facility will provide modern offices and laboratory space. There also will be room for volunteer work-crew training and interaction with park donors and partners. Construction is scheduled to begin in 2011.

For six years, Science and Resource Management staff have had to work in three substandard buildings, including a former warehouse and a former maintenance shop. One needs extensive roof repair or replacement and a new heating system and boiler. Neither building is suitable for the staff’s office and operations needs.

Current working conditions for Science and Resource Management Staff. NPS photo

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