CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PARKS AND RECREATION
Divisions of Boating and Waterways, Historic Preservation and Off-Highway Vehicles
For Immediate Release: 8/26/2015
Tule Elk State Natural Reserve Closed for Major Renovation
BUTTONWILLOW, Calif. -Tule Elk State Natural Reserve will be closed to the public Sept. 1, 2015 through Jan. 31, 2016 for a major renovation of the day use area. All interpretive programs during this time period will also be cancelled.
During construction, the elk at the reserve will still be monitored and cared for on a daily basis and kept away from construction. The reserve is west of Bakersfield off Interstate 5 and is home to rare tule elk, a species that once hovered near extinction.
The renovation project includes the installation of two 50 person, day-use shade ramadas with tables; a new concrete pad, picnic table and a shade ramada to the current family day use picnic site; and an ADA-compliant ramp to the current viewing platform.
The $850,000 project was made possible by a donation partnership agreement from Buena Vista Water Storage and matching funds from California State Parks.
For more information on the renovation project or to view project updates, please visit Tule Elk State Natural Reserve’s website.
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