Queen Wilhelmina State Park Lodge in Mena will close
temporarily beginning February 1, 2012, to undergo a $6.2 million renovation. The
lodge will reopen in summer 2013. The lodge offers panoramic views from atop 2,681-foot Rich
Mountain, the state’s second highest peak.
According to a news release written by Joan Ellison of Arkansas State Parks, the
lodge will expand from 26,335 square feet to 36,538 square feet to include the
addition of a new hearth room with window walls and a wood-burning fireplace.
Some of the other renovations include two additional guest rooms increasing the
total to 40, a complete remodel of the lobby and gift shop, and the addition of
an elevator to the lodge for barrier-free access to meet the Americans with
Disabilities Act requirements.
Other improvements include energy saving features such as a new energy efficient
HVAC system energy efficient lighting throughout the lodge and water saving
Visitors can enjoy the lodge this winter before it closes on
February 1. The lodge, including all guest rooms, meeting rooms and restaurant,
will remain in operation through January.
Greg Butts, Arkansas State Parks Director, noted that when the lodge closes on
February 1 for the 18-month renovation to get underway, all other facilities at
the park, including the campground
and trails, will remain open. Park offices will be temporarily located near the
entrance to the park campground. The design consultant is Borne Firm
Architects, P.A. of Little Rock. The project is being funded by Amendment 75,
Arkansas’s Conservation Fund ($6,057,382) and FY 2012 grant monies from the
Arkansas Natural and Cultural Resources Council ($220,000).
Queen Wilhelmina State Park is on Ark. 88 (the Talimena Scenic Drive) 13 miles
west of Mena. It is one of the 52 state parks in Arkansas.
For more information, contact: Stan Graves, manager of Planning and Development
at 501-682-1633 or firstname.lastname@example.org.