Cuyahoga Valley National Park to get $5.9 million visitor center

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,...

Cuyahoga Valley National Park to get $5.9 million visitor center

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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