Improvements under way at Southern Utah State University's Cedar Canyon Mountain property are expected to increase summer school enrollment and enhance the college's educational offerings.
The project centers on a 34-year-old reconstructed cabin, said Phillip C. Carter, associate provost for academic programs and director of summer school."Through the cooperation of local government and donations from a number of businesses and individuals, we will be able to enhance significantly our summer school offerings," Carter said. "The improvements will also be valuable to regular school year academic programs."
The project, 12 miles east of Cedar City, is on 400 acres just south of U-14.
The goal of the program will be a complete aesthetic and rustic center for workshops, seminars, lectures, conferences, reunions, and other group activities associated with SUSC's summer school and regular programs.
"This is a worthwhile project, but it has to be completed through donation of time, materials, and dollars because of financial constraints on the college. We would welcome additional volunteer help and private donations," Carter said. "The Division of Continuing Education (586-7850) will coordinate volunteer workers, and the SUSC Development Office (586-7775) will accept donations of money or materials for the project."
"We have a wonderful resource in this mountain land, which has been used primarily for livestock grazing," Carter said. "This is a beautiful setting and it lends itself very well to enhancing a number of our programs."
The 400-acre parcel to be developed is part of a 3,000 acre ranch purchased by the college in 1942. A small cabin was torn down and materials utilized in building the new cabin. That project was completed during 1954 and 1955 by SUSC faculty and staff volunteers.
After extensive planning, physical work on the first phase of the first site of the plan began early this summer. Activity, which is projected to ultimately include three sites, will continue each summer for many years.
Construction workers are renovating and enlarging the cabin to double its size and accommodate a new "Canyon View Room," a sunken living room/classroom. Carter said the enlargement should be completed by next summer.
Also scheduled for completion by next summer are such facilities as a volleyball court, horseshoe pits, frisbee golf, a hiking trail and a fitness trail, as well as a covered pavilion, amphitheater and picnic areas.
Plans for sites two and three are still in the preliminary stages. Site two is envisioned as a number of shops, mills, and structures where activities of the period between 1860 and 1910 are practiced.
Site three will probably involve the construction of either a rustic executive retreat or an outdoor adventure center and/or staging area.
"This is a cool, green wilderness setting, complete with deer, campfires, coyotes, and other natural amenities that are so attractive for sunbelt and urban residents. We have things here that other areas and large urban universities simply can't match, and we think these things will attract people to our programs," Carter says.
The facility will lean to in-service training for public school educators and to academic offerings that lend themselves to the outdoor setting.