Park Service to make Yosemite Valley less tourist friendly

Proposal would limit transportation options and remove a well-known swimming pool and ice rink

POSTED: 06:53 AM PDT Mar 21, 2013 
El Capitan Yosemite National Park
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -

Details are emerging about the National Park Service's ambitious plan to overhaul Yosemite Valley.
    
The San Jose Mercury News reports the proposal would ban horse rentals and bicycle rentals in the valley.
    
The pool would be removed from the iconic Ahwahnee Hotel. And the ice rink at Curry Village would be torn out.
    
The newspaper says the $235 million "Merced River Plan" has been more than a decade in the making, and delayed by several lawsuits from environmentalists.