Yosemite Valley

JNRA was hired to address several knotty issues at the interface between the built and natural environments in Yosemite Valley following the approval of the Merced River Plan (MRP) and the Merced’s designation as a Wild and Scenic River.

At Yosemite Village, JNRA created a new arrival experience for day use visitors by moving the 400-car day use parking lot out of the floodplain and reconfiguring it to support extensive wetland restoration and forest protections. A new arrival plaza emphasizes the dramatic natural landscape setting while handling the crowds with gathering areas, a comfort station, picnic areas, seating, trail connections, a shuttle stop, and interpretive/orientation exhibits. Northside Drive was rerouted and reconfigured to eliminate pedestrian conflicts, reduce congestion, and improve traffic flow with a round-about.

At The Lodge at Yosemite Falls, JNRA prepared a new comprehensive site development plan in response to flood damage and the floodplain restrictions of the MRP that balances public use, resource protections, and commercial lodge functions while expanding day use visitor facilities. Integral to the plan was the creation of a 12-bus capacity valley transit hub with an arrival plaza, comfort station, seamless trail connections, and bus parking. A pedestrian promenade runs through the complex connecting the new 300-car day use parking lot, the transit hub, realigned Lodge guest parking, and the Lodge facilities directly with the popular valley trails. A trail underpass to the Lower Yosemite Falls trail beneath a proposed elevated section of Northside Drive would eliminate the severe traffic conflict that plagues Valley visitors.

At Camp 4, JNRA designed an expanded campground to double the former size including 25 new 6-person campsites with picnic tables and fire pits. fully accessible campsites, a new comfort station with showers, a common group pavilion, a relocated registration building, trail connections, forest restoration, and expanded parking.

Size

±45 acres - Village, ±52 acres - Lodge, ±9 acres - Camp 4

Completed

Village - 2018, Camp 4 - 2021, Lodge - In Progress

Client

National Park Service
Federal Highway Administration
Yosemite National Park
NPS Pacific West Region

Team

Siegel & Strain Architects (Architect
Nelson Nygaard (Transportation Engineers)
Provost & Pritchard (Civil Engineers)
Jacobs (Civil and Transportation Engineers)

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