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Background InformationBrowning Building
The Browning Building (A-Frame) was originally constructed in the early 1970s to serve as a warming shelter for the sled run adjacent to the structure. Since the building was one of the few indoor facilities in the County’s park system, its usage has expanded greatly to encompass public rentals, summer day camps, County meetings, and recreational programs.

Renovations
A Property Evaluation and Space Requirements Study was completed in 1996 to assess the condition of the structure. Recommendations were provided for expansion and upgrading of the building and surrounding site to meet the needs of park patrons. A building renovation was subsequently scheduled in the County’s CIP.

Construction began in February 2002 and was substantially completed in November 2002. The building formally opened for use by the public on April 1, 2003.

Indoor Renovations
Renovations of the original space (Pine Room) included the following new or upgraded amenities:
  • Doors
  • Equipment to facilitate usage
  • Gas fireplace
  • Heating & air conditioning
  • Lighting
  • PA system
  • PaintingPine Room
  • Restrooms
  • Skylights
  • Storage
  • Tables & chairs
  • Windows

Exterior Renovations
Improvements and enhancements to the exterior and immediate area of the building include:
  • Improved handicap accessible parking
  • Large deck encompassing three sides
  • Lighting (building, site, parking lot)
  • New siding and roofBrowing Building Deck
  • Small amphitheater

Sled Run Improvements
Improvements to the sled run include:
  • Installation of a safety brim
  • Lighting
  • Paved access from the Browning Building

Wiring Improvements
Another improvement included in the project was to upgrade the power, including installation of new wiring for the park's five shelters. With the completion of this work, all remaining original wiring and lighting in the park has now been replaced.