Rocky Mountain National Park seeking input on Moraine Park improvements – Loveland Reporter-Herald

Residents can offer input on proposed changes to the Moraine Park Campground and surrounding areas, including water, wastewater and electrical distribution systems, in Rocky Mountain National Park.

The proposed Moraine Park Campground and Utility Rehabilitation Project will be funded by the Great American Outdoors Act, which is providing a pot of $1.9 billion per year for five years to make “significant enhancements” in national parks across the country with revenue from energy development, according to a news release from the national park.

“Thanks to (the federal) funding, Rocky Mountain National Park will be able to address critical deferred maintenance issues … that are related to water and wastewater systems and electrical utilities which serve thousands of visitors each year,” the news release states.

The release did not say the estimated cost of this project or report how much of the available money would funnel to Rocky. And when asked, a park spokesperson said,”Because we are currently in our contract solicitation phase we are unable to provide that information.”

The largest of Rocky Mountain National Park’s front country campgrounds, Moraine Park Campground is open year-round with 244 campsites that can accommodate everything from tents to large recreational vehicles. More than 30,000 campers each year stay in the campground that is accessed via Bear Lake Road, according to the news release.

The proposed improvements would be at the Moraine Park Campground and in the northeast section of Moraine Park, near the Moraine Park Discovery Center.

The work will focus on water, wastewater and electrical distribution systems, originally installed in the 1960s, that serve the campground, Beaver Meadows Entrance and park housing units located on the western portion of High Drive.

The project also includes relocating electric power lines underground to reduce damage from snow, wind, tree branches and wildfire, the release states.

The campground entrance kiosk will be replaced, another camp host site added and electrical service extended to 60 RV sites, plus15 campsites will be updated to improve accessibility, address flooding and drainage issues and improve the health of nearby wetlands.

During the work, there may be temporary closures and impacts to the Discovery Center and along Bear Lake, Moraine Park and Fern Lake roads. The Moraine Park Campground is expected to be closed from late May 2023 through June 1, 2024, and after that date, there could be some temporary closures to campsites as additional work continues within the area.

The park began accepting public input on Thursday, March 10, and will continue for 30 days from that time. More information on the project and a link to comment is at https://parkplanning.nps.gov/rehabilitateMPCG.

Comments also can be mailed to Rocky Mountain National Park, Office of the Superintendent, 1000 Highway 36, Estes Park, CO 80517.

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