A public open house celebrating the first summer season for the Curt Gowdy Visitor Center is scheduled for May 24 at 10 a.m.
Located at the entrance to Curt Gowdy State Park just off HWY 210 (Happy Jack Road) at approximately milepost 23, the 8,700-square foot visitor center was made possible through generous donations by John Morris of Bass Pro Shops, friends and family of Curt Gowdy and the support of the Wyoming Legislature.
Two Wyoming artists, Joan Sowada and David Klaren, will be recognized for their work commissioned for the facility as part of Wyoming’s Art in Public Buildings Program.
Sowada, of Gillette, created four quilted textile banners as part of her “Come Out and Play Series” based on photographs taken at the park.
Klaren, a Pinedale native, developed the “Curt Gowdy Suite” using local fish species as the theme for 12 interior and exterior pieces cast in iron and etched in tile.
The building is in line to receive a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification for the energy efficient and water conserving design and use of renewable resources and recycled materials.
Beetle kill trees were harvested and milled on site by the State Park staff for finish material, support beams and log columns. The building features a meeting space, staff offices, flush toilets and showers for park visitors.
Additionally, exhibits designed to interpret the cultural and natural resources and to orient and inspire visitors to enjoy the recreational opportunities at the park are also included as is an interpretive display about Curt Gowdy’s life, career and devotion to the Wyoming outdoors, including memorabilia donated by his family.
The Design Studio, Inc. was the building architect and utilized the services of Knife River and McCauley Wyoming Constructors as general contractors and Click Point Ranch for interpretive design.
Fees will not be charged at the Visitor Center for the Open House/Art Dedication. All other park fees will be in effect (day use and overnight) should visitors decide to spend the rest of the day at the park.
For information contact Curt Gowdy State Park at (307) 632-7946.