WEST GLACIER - The National Park Service will host a community event to explore the nature of the Sperry Chalet visitor experience, and hear about what pieces of that experience are important to retain as the National Park Service rebuilds Sperry Chalet.
The program will be held on Feb. 28 from 6:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the Flathead Valley Community College Arts and Technology Building in Room 139.
“Rebuilding historic Sperry is a priority, and I’m excited the work is moving along,” said U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke. “The Conservancy and the park put in a lot of work to stabilize the building for winter, and now we can start to rebuild for future family adventures at Sperry.”
“We’re excited to kick off our schematic design process for the Sperry Chalet rebuild,” said Park Superintendent Jeff Mow. “This is the first of several opportunities for the public to engage and comment and we hope it will be informative to our selected architects as they engage in the design process. Come and tell us your Sperry Chalet story.”
The first part of the program will feature a conversation about the park’s chalets, their national historic significance, and the Great Northern Railroad’s influence on tourism and park infrastructure, still in evidence today, with Park Museum Curator Deirdre Shaw.
Following the history program, the park will introduce preliminary concepts to rebuild the Sperry Chalet dormitory building and host a question and answer session as well as provide an update on fundraising efforts and opportunities in support of rebuilding the Sperry Chalet.
Attendees will be able to share their Sperry Chalet stories in written comment form or with park staff and offer input about the concepts shared during the program.
The park will also post a newsletter on the National Park Service Planning Website describing preliminary rebuilding concepts with an opportunity for public comment either online or via written letter.
Part of the historic structure burned in last summer's Sprague fire.
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