BOSTON TOWNSHIP, Ohio -- The Cuyahoga Valley National Park plans to open a $5.9 million visitors center in 2019.
The Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park says the current visitor center at the 1836-built Boston Store, 1550 Boston Mills Road, is too small.
The Conservancy, a nonprofit friends of the park group, will manage the fundraising, planning and construction. The board, which has already raised $4.9 million, on Monday voted to buy land and buildings on the southeast corner of Riverview and Boston Mill roads.
The historic property will be renovated to serve as a central resource for visitors to plan their trips in the park and Ohio & Erie Canalway. About 20 percent of park visitors come from out of town.
Cuyahoga Valley National Park becoming more of a tourist draw (photos)
Park Superintendent Craig Kenkel said the project is a fitting end to 2016's National Park Service Centennial. "This new Visitor Center will help us better serve the next century of park visitors," he said.Cuyahoga Valley National Park Towpath Trail
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