Green Valley Park Ranger Station Gets Facelift

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The facelift for the historic Green Valley Park Ranger Station is days from completion.

The ranger station was built in the 1930s and in need of external repairs to preserve it for future generations. Plans to re-side the building have been in the works for quite a while, according to Tom McGuigan, vice-president of the Northern Gila County Historical Society.

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Habitat for Humanity volunteers recently re-sided the ranger station at Green Valley Park. Pictured from the left are Bob Berger, Tom Herbolsheimer, Ken Althoff, Ivon English and Jim Buettner. Not pictured are volunteers Clovis Eden, Bruce Hopkins, Joe Desrochers, Dick Maloney, Dale Thoen and Mark Sopeland.

"The siding on it may have been replaced at some point in the last (70) years, but it had become moldy and deteriorated," said Ivon English. English is one of a dozen Habitat for Humanity volunteers who worked half days over the course of two weeks to remove the ancient siding and put up new.

The sprinkler system set up to water shrubs planted near the building had allowed the shrubs to hold water against the wall.

The town has since moved the sprinkler to prevent future mold growth on the historic building.

"It looks great and I'm very happy with the results," McGuigan said. The building will match the nearby Museum with its forest green paint and cream-colored trim.

After Habitat volunteers finished construction on House #12 and during the lull before they could begin work on House #13, they began to pull the old siding off the building. Working half days over a couple of weeks, they replaced the rotted board with new wood.

Moe McGerry Repair and Home Improvement is being paid to paint the boards. Barring wind, the next coat of paint will go on this week.

"The next thing we need to concentrate on is the ranger's residence which is our gift shop now," McGuigan said. "We need to re-side much of that and have it repainted."

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