Glacier Park Looks to Expand Apgar Parking

By Beacon Staff

Officials with Glacier National Park are looking for public input on a plan to expand parking at the Apgar Transit Center. The additional space would help relieve crowded parking lots that are often full in July and August, according to Jack Gordon, project manager and landscape architect for the park.

Gordon said the project, which would add 60 to 70 new parking spaces at the transit center, could begin this fall, depending on funding availability, and would cost anywhere from $200,000 to $500,000. He also said the park is looking into expanding parking at the Apgar Village to provide more space for boat trailers, but that expansion may be further down the road.

“We don’t want to build all these new parking spots only to find that we don’t need them,” he said. “That’s not the Park Service way.”

If additional parking is made available at the transit center, the park would then move forward with plans to move the Apgar Visitor Center to the transit site. Gordon said that could happen as early as next year.

The public can review the environmental assessment online at parkplanning.nps.gov/apgartransitparking and comments will be accepted until May 7.