August 10, 2011- In 2008 boulders came crashing down on Curry Village in Yosemite National Park scattering adults and school children for their lives. Since that time the cabins have been unoccupied and frozen in time hidden away by a barricade.
Park officials are asking for permission to demolish and remove them and some other nearby homes in order to stop visitors from trespassing and put themselves in harms way. Because of the natural elements, animals and vandals the structures are slowing falling into a deteriorated state.
An assessment of the environment was released and there is a large public health risk for the visitors as well as the park rangers that have to patrol the area. The review covered 72 building that are below the sheer granite wall of Glacier Point and recommends removing deteriorated cabins and salvaging any materials possible and letting the area return to its previous natural state.
Another option is to keep some of the structures and then move them to another location when the time is appropriate. Both of the plans still would expose to danger the park rangers and other staff. This issue has been going on since the accident of 2008 when the equivalent over 570 truck loads of rock smashed into 17 cabins and miraculously no one suffered serious injuries.