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Grand Canyon National Park

2009/2010 Accomplishment Report


Off-grid power system for Inner Canyon facilities

The Facility Management Division is working with a consortium of partners on feasibility, funding and installation of a micro-hydropower plant on the trans- canyon water line at Phantom Ranch, Cottonwood and Roaring Springs. This project will provide “green energy” for both NPS and concessioner facilities and save about $18 million. It will replace an antiquated power line from Indian Garden to Phantom Ranch and the rest of the inner canyon, saving utility costs for years to come.

Fundraising goals with the Grand Canyon Association

In 2009, the Grand Canyon Association (GCA) became the official fundraising entity for the park. Since accepting this new aspect in its mission, GCA has made great progress in developing a vision for fundraising activities. Park staff participated in the association’s strategic planning process for building fundraising into the GCA program. One of GCA’s strategic objectives is to increase substantially its financial support for the National Park Service to enhance visitor experience and protect Grand Canyons cultural and natural resources.

Key Priorities

  • Develop and implement a fundraising program

with ambitious goals

Designed by Mary Colter and constructed in 1922, Phantom Ranch provided food, lodging, and comfort against an austere backdrop. NPS photo

  • Complete fundraising projects as requested by the park and approved by the GCA Board

  • Build on an endowment to provide long-term support

  • Increase total revenues from GCA retail operations and programs, and continually improve the margins from all of the association’s revenue-generating activities

Park staff worked throughout 2010 with the GCA Development Committee to develop a process for submitting potential fundraising projects. That process, later adopted by the board, was used for approval of fundraising projects for 2011.


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