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Timberline Lodge to get $4.25 million from stimulus

Timberline Lodge, which was built as a stimulus project to employ tradesmen during the Great Depression, will get a facelift from the current recession's stimulus program.
/ Source: KGW-TV

SANDY, Ore. -- Timberline Lodge will get a facelift thanks to President Obama and the federal stimulus act approved by Congress.

Mt. Hood National Forest will receive $4.25 million dollars to improve facilities at Timberline Lodge, according to the National Park Service.

The money comes from a fund of nearly $275 million set aside for various national park upgrades and trails maintenance in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Timberline Lodge was built as a stimulus project during the Great Depression by the Works Progress Administration, which was created by then-President Franklin D. Roosevelt under the New Deal in order to put Americans back to work.

Richard Acosta, a spokesperson for Mt. Hood National Forest, said work could begin in the next three months and would last about a year.

“The work at Timberline Lodge will employ numerous contractors and employ such trades people as painters, carpenters, electricians, masons, pipe fitters, roofers, and road construction crews,” he said.

Projects planned for the lodge include exterior painting, weatherization, water system supply improvements and other work.

The lodge’s operators were ecstatic at the news.

“This is fantastic news for Timberline Lodge and everyone who loves it. Public works is at the heart of Timberline’s heritage,” said Jon Tullis, a spokesman for the Timberline Lodge operator. “We are struggling with some deteriorating infrastructure and costly historic preservation work, so the fact that Timberline Lodge will once again receive stimulus dollars is very meaningful and timely.”

Mt. Hood National Forest also received $1.4 million for trails work.

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