Agency wants ideas for design of shelter

Would be replacement of structure lost to fire

Staff reportMarch 23, 2014 

Marble Mountain Sno-Park Five meetings across Southwest Washington will be used to get public input for the design of a new warming shelter at the Marble Mountain Sno-Park.

In April 2011, the warming shelter near Mount St. Helens burned down.

The U.S. Forest Service is planning to rebuild the structure and is looking for design input. The meetings will be a chance to gather ideas, thoughts and visions about what the public would like to see as a new Marble Mountain Sno-Park warming shelter.

The design meetings will be facilitated by a Forest Service landscape architect and focus on bringing to light the many ideas people may have for this structure, according to a news release from Gifford Pinchot National Forest.

“I see these meetings as an excellent way for the public to participate from the beginning on the rebuilding of the Marble Mountain Sno-Park shelter,” Tom Mulder, manager of the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument, said in the release.

“We also see future volunteer opportunities with this project and are excited about ongoing public involvement,” Mulder added.

Fire destroyed the popular log shelter at the sno-park on April 9, 2011. The structure was built in the early 1990s and served as a place to warm up during winter recreation season and for rest in the summer.

The sno-park provides access to 49 miles of cross-country ski and snowshoe trails, as well as snowmobiling areas, on the south side of Mount St. Helens.

Public meetings

Here is the schedule of meetings, all running from 6-8 p.m.:

Tuesday: Clark College, Ellis Dunn Community Room, Gaiser Hall, Vancouver.

Wednesday: Hegewald Rock Creek Center, 710 Rock Creek Drive, Stevenson.

March 31: Meyer Community Room, Battle Ground Library, 1207 SE Eighth Way, Battle Ground.

April 1: Cowlitz PUD Auditorium, 961 12th Ave., Longview.

April 2: Woodland Community Center, 782 Park St. Woodland

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