Redwood National and State Parks

Redwood National and State Parks

Still hope for Redwood National Park Hostel

September 11, 2009, 8:37 am

A press release announcing the closure of the Redwood National Park Hostel may paint an overly dire picture.

But hostel manager Kaci Elder and Redwood National and State Parks officials are still crossing their fingers.

According to the release, the hostel will close its doors indefinitely Jan. 18, 2010, because the building needs $1.5 million worth of repairs to stay in operation.

The repairs require extensive reconstruction, including seismic retrofitting, and renovations necessary to bring the building into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The building, while very old, has been remodeled too many times to meet the requirements of being a historic structure.

While the hostel will close in January, Elder said she has hope because of one word.
“Until recently the press release wouldn’t have said ‘indefinitely,’” Elder said. “Instead, the hostel would have just been closed.”

Why did the word “indefinitely” appear in what was previously thought as a done deal?