Yosemite Plan Rescinds Proposed Ban on Bike, Raft Rentals

Yosemite National Park officials released a revised draft of the Merced River Plan. An earlier of the controversial plan would have restricted recreation and removed swimming pools from the national park's famed hotels.

"In a major reversal, Yosemite National Park officials have dropped controversial plans to ban a wide variety of recreational activities in Yosemite Valley, including ending bike and raft rentals and tearing out swimming pools at the Yosemite Lodge and famed Ahwahnee Hotel," reports Paul Rogers.

The proposed Merced River Plan walks the fine line of park and open space protection: how to protect the natural conditions of watersheds, meadows, and wildlife habitat, while also providing access to the public, in accordance with the democratic ideals of the National Park System.

Rogers details the revised plan, which includes the following measures:

  • Restoring 189 acres of meadows in Yosemite Valley.
  • Increasing the number of Yosemite parking spaces by 8 percent
  • Increasing the number of campsites in Yosemite Valley from 466 to 640.
  • [The] historic Sugar Pine stone bridge, built in 1928 and located behind the Ahwahnee Hotel, will also not be removed -- as had been proposed to control erosion. Instead, parks officials will launch an engineering study to determine how to keep the bridge and reduce erosion."

In response to the previous plan, Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Granite Bay, whose district includes Yosemite provided the following soundbite in opposition of the plan's restrictions: "The Park Service is hanging out a 'Tourists Go Home' sign."

Full Story: Yosemite National Park drops plans to ban bike and raft rentals


Brand new! Urban Grid City Collection

Each city has its own unique story. Commemorate where you came from or where you want to go.
Grids and Guide Red book cover

Grids & Guides

A notebook for visual thinkers. Available in red and black.
Book cover of Unsprawl

Unsprawl: Remixing Spaces as Places

Explore visionary, controversial and ultimately successful strategies for building people-centered places.
Starting at $12.95
Melissa and Doug Town Blocks Wooden Play Set

Block play meets role play

New! Town block set from Melissa and Doug Toys