On August 3, 2019 Redding Host Lions stepped out and raised money for the rebuilding of WES. Their generous donation will kick-off the planning and rebuilding of the treasured WES site that was damaged by the Carr Fire.
Now that the geomorphic safety report has been finalized by the National Park Service and the SCOE Board voted to accept the findings, the next step is to begin planning for WES’s future and develop a preliminary cost estimate to replace damaged cabins, cabins deemed too close to the debris flow hazard posed by Paige Boulder Creek, and the relocation of the Hatcher Hall (cafeteria/multi-purpose space) for the same flooding hazard.
Domokur Architects located in Akron, Ohio has been selected for the first round of preliminary design work. They have a long history of recreation planning expertise which includes public park facilities. Their initial contract contains four basic services: inventory the past use of WES programming, a constraints analysis of the site which includes present land use and future developable areas (buildable and non-buildable areas that could limit development), a preliminary Master Plan that includes the specific sizes of buildings, activity areas, circulation and site improvements, and architectural concepts to illustrate possible or potential functions and preliminary conceptual floor plans, as well as cost-estimate.
With this information in hand, WES Forever will be able to move forward and create a capital campaign that will launch WES one step closer to returning to its home at Whiskeytown NRA to continue its legacy of learning for generations to come.