Skinner State Park Restoration Study and Master Plan
1990-1994  South Hadley, Massachusetts

Skinner State Park consists of 375 acres of state-owned land, and is part of the Holyoke Mountain Range State Park. The landmark Summit House offers both a focal point from below and a panoramic view of the Connecticut Valley from the summit itself. For more than 150 years this site has been an attractive destination for naturalists and hikers to view the landscape and to explore nature. In 1851 landowner John French constructed a hotel with tramway access from the Connecticut River.

The Master Plan included replacement of the former tramway, which was designed based on Swiss and Japanese technologies. The Summit House would be renovated for use as a seasonal bed and breakfast inn. Other Features Included:  Improved vehicular circulation and parking, new ADA compliant access to the hotel, pedestrian walks, and to the refurbished observation terraces, a new parking facility at the base of the mountain with shuttle van transportation, new pavilions, a point of entry.

Client: Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management

Program: Visitors center, parking, elevator access.
Services: Condition assessment, concept design.

Dennis Gray Project Manager with the firm of Gillen Kuhn Riddle and Gray