The Hot Springs State Park Master Plan will provide a 20-year to guide for the long-term physical improvement, use, and management of the entire 1,100-acre park. This includes the bison pasture, public and private owned buildings, lands to the west of Hwy 20, as well as, the thermal and recreational features. The master plan will provide a comprehensive planning and decision-making structure to accommodate the development of recreational amenities, access, and infrastructure in balance with the preservation of natural and cultural resources.
The final draft Master Plan and Plan Narrative was presented at the May 2 Community Open House. The comment period was April 18 to June 6, 2016 and is now closed. Thank you to everyone for your input during the comment period. You can still review the Final Draft Master Plan Narrative, and copies of the plan maps are available under the planning tab.
We appreciate the efforts of all those who have taken the time to voice opinions on the draft Hot Springs State Park Master Plan during this comment period. While compiling the comments, we found several themes and wanted to address these items to ensure the public is appropriately informed.
The thermal water resource has declined by about half in the last 50 years. The state must come up with a contingency plan to manage this diminishing resource into the future. The plan allows for the development of indoor and outdoor facilities such as spas, baths, mud baths, private tubs, and pools that will use thermal water. However, in response to the diminishing availability of thermal water, over time certain active and high water demand recreational uses will be converted to potable water.
There is NO plan to force current concessionaires or future aquatic activity developers to use potable water exclusively but there may need to be a balance that includes both mineral water and potable water.
The aquatics area includes the location of the Star Plunge and provides the option for the Star Plunge to enter into a lease agreement with the state.
-The Planning Team