Province Lands Visitor Center to Close for the Season on October 29
Contact: Jody Anastasio, North District Interpreter, 508-487-2100 ext 0920
This fall and winter, Cape Cod National Seashore's Province Lands Visitor Center will undergo a rehabilitation project to repair and replace 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.
To prepare for the project, the visitor center will close at 5:00 PM on Saturday, October 29. The building is ordinarily open through October 31. By closing two days early, staff can move or protect exhibits and other interior features so the building's ready for construction on November 1. Ranger programs occurring on October 30-31 will proceed as scheduled. For programs slated to meet at the visitor center, a ranger will meet the group at the front door.
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 will be closed at times. The building will reopen for the 2012 season on May 1.
The last scheduled open house for 2011 at Old Harbor Life-Saving Station is Sunday, October 30 from 2:00 to 4:00 PM. At that time the building will close for the season and will reopen next May. Visitors who have not seen the new interior furnishings funded by Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore should visit before October 30 to see the improvements.
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?
In 1990, an intense series of storms uncovered a prehistoric site on Coast Guard Beach in Eastham, MA. Archaeologists excavated the Carns Site, which was lived in by native peoples during the Early and Middle Woodland period, or approximately 2,100 to 1,100 years ago.