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    Sections of the boardwalk at the Red Maple Swamp Trail have been closed due to structural deterioration and safety concerns. Check at Salt Pond Visitor Center for the current status of this trail, and for your safety, remain out of closed areas.

Province Lands Visitor Center and Observation Deck Closed for the Season

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Date: November 15, 2011
Contact: Jody Anastasio, North District Interpreter, 508-487-2100 ext. 0920

The project to rehabilitate Cape Cod National Seashore's Province Lands Visitor Center in Provincetown is underway. Contractors are repairing and replacing the building frame and footings, doors, and windows. This is the building's first major structural rehabilitation since its construction in 1969. The beautiful dune setting in which the building sits exposes it to corroding salt air, which has contributed to the building's deterioration over the past 40 years.

During the construction period the parking area, bike trail access, and restrooms in the parking lot will remain open. The exterior stairway to the observation deck is closed and will likely remain so for the duration of the project. The building will reopen for the 2012 season on May 1.

Superintendent George Price said, "We understand visitors and neighbors will be disappointed by the temporary closure of the observation desk. These repairs are necessary to bring the building back into good condition so it's ready for the next generation of visitors."

Here are some suggestions for other nearby scenic overlooks:

·The far end of the Province Lands Visitor Center parking lot, beyond the first turn-around loop, offers views of Race Point Light and the ocean.

·The parking areas at Race Point and Herring Cove beaches are free and remain open throughout the winter.One can see Race Point Light from Herring Cove Beach.

·The Pilgrim Monument in Provincetown will be open until the end of November.The top of the monument is the highest point on Cape Cod at 350 feet above sea level.After November 1, the grassy lawn behind the monument, at 100 feet above sea level, is also a wonderful vantage point of town, the harbor, Wood End and Long Point Lights.

The Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham is open year-round with a museum featuring a new Wampanoag exhibit, ranger-guided programs, movies, and a bookstore. Information about the National Seashore is updated regularly at www.nps.gov/caco. Follow us on Twitter @CapeCodNPS

Did You Know?

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Cape Cod's own pirate shipwreck, the Whydah, went down in a storm off the coast in April 1717. Before being taken by pirate Sam Bellamy as his flagship, the Whydah was a slave ship, named for the port city of Ouidah in today's country of Benin on the African coast.