The nonprofit Conservancy for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park is handling fundraising, design and construction of the Visitor Center; while the facility will be operated by the National Park Service. Planning and design of the $5.9 million facility is scheduled to begin in 2017, with opening planned for the summer of 2019.
The Visitor Center will be built on renovated historic properties on the southeast corner of Riverview and Boston Mills roads in the Village of Boston (see map). The facility will be located on the Ohio & Erie Canalway America’s Byway.
According to a 2015 Visitor Use Survey, visitation to Cuyahoga Valley National Park is up with out of state visitors.
With an average of about 2.2 million recreational visitors a year, Cuyahoga Valley National Park is one of the most-visited national parks in the United States. In October 2016, the Towpath Marathon drew visitors from 41 states.
Craig Kenkel, park superintendent, said of the project “This new Visitor Center will help us better serve the next century of park visitors.”
Cuyahoga Valley National Park to get $5.9 million visitor center, Cleveland Plain Dealer 12/22/16
Another step toward new visitor center for Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Akron Beacon Journal 12/22/16