On the evening of Thursday, April 26th, a public open house was hosted at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center. Approximately 100 people attended the event to provide input on seven focus areas within the MGVC and larger MGRA. The focus areas and their content were in response to the public, users, and agency input over the last year and a half. In addition to responding to what we heard, the focus areas were developed based on the following criteria:
- Provide the needed capacity to meet future demand that will result in a positive visitor experience, while minimizing impacts to the natural resources;
- Allow traditional use of the area by locals;
- Allow visitors the opportunity “to touch the ice”.
Eight stations where set up throughout the visitor center each manned by a member of the Forest Service or Corvus Design to answer any questions and allow attendees to provide input on the focus areas. The stations included one on the general MGRA/MGVC long range visioning plus the seven focus areas:
- Trail Heads along Glacier Spur Road
- Steep Creek Restoration and Steep Creek Trail Improvements
- Visitor Center Campus
- Glacier Visitor Facility and Trails
- Docks at Visitor Center, near glacier, and satellite locations
- Lakeshore Non-motorized Trail from Visitor Center to West Glacier
- Transportation (Circulator and motor coach options)
Public comments for each of the eight station are being compiled and will assist the team in the development of the focus areas that will be posted in the near future.