Forest Requests Expressions of Interest for Coldwater Visitor Center

Forest Requests Expressions of Interest for Coldwater Visitor Center

The Gifford Pinchot National Forest is seeking a new vision for the Coldwater Visitor Center on the Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Public and private entities are encouraged to share their ideas of how the building could be used and managed in the future, and what it would take to make those ideas a reality. Interested parties are encouraged to submit a Request for Expression of Interest by July 31, 2019.

Coldwater Visitor Center overlooks Mount St. Helens and is within the Congressionally-designated Mount St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. It is located along State Hwy 504, about 45 miles east of Interstate 5. Built in 1993, Coldwater Visitor Center is just over 24,600 square feet and offers commanding views of Mount St. Helens and Coldwater Lake. Building features include a large, commercial kitchen, dining room, outside dining terrace, display halls, small theater, restrooms, and an ample parking lot.

“I am looking forward to seeing the creative concepts people have for this facility,” said Mount St. Helens Monument Ranger Rebecca Hoffman. “This is a unique opportunity to be part of a nationally significant place.”

A site visit to the Coldwater Visitor Center is scheduled for June 25, 2019. During the visit, attendees will tour the facility, and have an opportunity to discuss ideas with forest staff about what may be possible in the future. Please RSVP to: sm.fs.rfei@usda.gov by June 18, 2019.

Details for submitting an Expression of Interest can be found on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest website at: www.fs.usda.gov/goto/coldwater