Yosemite Valley; ice rink, horses, bikes and swimming pools?


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Charlie D.

Trad climber
Western Slope, Tahoe Sierra
Topic Author's Original Post - Mar 22, 2013 - 09:41am PT
Spider Savage

Mountain climber
The shaggy fringe of Los Angeles
Mar 22, 2013 - 09:48am PT
Don Paul

Big Wall climber
Colombia, South America
Mar 22, 2013 - 09:54am PT
Great news!

Mountain climber
Anchorage AK, Reno NV
Mar 22, 2013 - 10:06am PT
As long as they build the gondolas I'll be happy.
Dingus Milktoast

Gym climber
And every fool knows, a dog needs a home, and...
Mar 22, 2013 - 10:12am PT
I think its a mistake.


Trad climber
Less than a second shy of 49 minutes
Mar 22, 2013 - 10:17am PT
That ice rink is a frikken eye sore and the pools are GROSS. . . but bike rentals are bitchen! I've taken lots of people to the park for their first time and although I always have my bike with me, it's been rad to go over and rent them for my friends. Riding a bike, everywhere that you're allowed to, is a really neat way to see the Valley. . . I'd hate to see them bail on the bike stands!


And. . . the rafting concession is really messed up. . . it's cool to take boats and do it yourself, but the concession introduces way too many "ride" takers who just trash the river

The first time I ever saw Heineken in a can was when I saw the empties bobbing along the MightyMerced!


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Happy Boulders
Mar 22, 2013 - 11:13am PT
I am not sure. I guess I would be concerned with the possible loss of revenue.

Trad climber
Ouray, Colorado
Mar 22, 2013 - 11:19am PT
A good beginning but just a start.

Trad climber
East Coast US
Mar 22, 2013 - 11:22am PT
The plan calls for the removal of stone Sugar Pine Bridge, built in 1928 and located behind the Ahwahnee Hotel, because its abutments impede the flow of the Merced River and cause erosion. It also recommends rebuilding about half the 400 campsites lost in a 1997 flood, restoring 203 acres of meadows and improving parking. Visitors still would be allowed to bring bikes, horses or rafts to the park.

Just my opinion, but it sounds like a move in the right direction. However, I'm having difficulty understanding the banning of mostly non-polluting transportation in the form of rental bicycles and rental horses. That seems weird. I'm Ok with the removal of ice skating rinks and swimming pools. Those items seem forced in a place like Yosemite.

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Mar 22, 2013 - 11:33am PT
Leave the bike rentals, get rid of the rest. Especialy of the stinking animals.


Mar 22, 2013 - 11:52am PT
Does anyone else wonder how much money which has been flushed and now can't be utilized for something productive, this "process" has cost so far?

"We were trying to block the construction of dams near the park. We weren't trying to ban recreation," said Ron Stork, policy director of Friends of the River, a Sacramento group that fought for the river protections in the 1980s. "I'm heartbroken about this."

Big Wall climber
san jose, ca
Mar 22, 2013 - 11:55am PT
The bikes idea is so upside down...

Big Wall climber
Crestline CA
Mar 22, 2013 - 12:40pm PT
"restoring 203 acres of meadows" means they want to keep you out of the ElCap meadow. "Restoring" just means building a fence and keeping people out.

Social climber
Mar 22, 2013 - 12:47pm PT
It doesn't matter what they decide-- all choices will lead to protracted litigation, nothing will be done, and we will look at all that temporary and decaying eyesore bullshit for at least another decade and probably more.

Peter Haan

Trad climber
Santa Cruz, CA
Mar 22, 2013 - 12:48pm PT
I am sure you are right, Tom. Imagine the botanists reaction to our overuse of the meadow. I have no clue how important that habitat is but we certainly have been invading it.

Social climber
Dalian, Liaoning
Mar 22, 2013 - 12:48pm PT
"Restoring" just means building a fence and keeping people out.

And that is often a good thing.
John M

Mar 22, 2013 - 01:17pm PT
I enjoyed ice skating in the winter when the snow wasn't any good for skiing and there wasn't anything else to do in the evenings.

I didn't really care about the pool. It gives kids something to do when their parents are lame. It never really affected my experience of the park.

I doubt that they will remove the bike rental.

I believe that they will remove the pool so that they can appear to be doing something the extremist want.

between the flat part and the blue wobbly thing
Mar 22, 2013 - 01:31pm PT
Along similar lines, a question for our Canadian readers: any chance they will tear down that hotel at Lake Louise? Now that is an eyesore.
Dapper Dan

Trad climber
Menlo Park
Mar 22, 2013 - 01:53pm PT
The best swimming spots are almost out of the park anyway ... Elephant rock , octogon , Patties Pool ... Not too much riff raff there .

I always thought it was ironic to see people in the swimming pool when the lovely Merced was right there .

Trad climber
lost, far away from Poland
Mar 22, 2013 - 01:58pm PT
Dan, don't forget the Vernal Falls pool ;)
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