• An open vista frames two white grave stone and a flag in the distance with a white cottage in the foreground.

    Herbert Hoover

    National Historic Site Iowa

Park Visitor Center Will Get New Restrooms and Windows This Spring

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Date: April 5, 2012
Contact: Adam Prato, (319) 643-2541
Contact: Bob Palmer, (319) 643-2541

WEST BRANCH, IOWA- The visitor center at Herbert Hoover National Historic Site will get new restroom facilities and new windows this spring. The renovation of the men's and women's restrooms will help the park meet federal accessibility standards, and will use more environmentally-friendly materials and fixtures like touchless faucets, low flush toilets, and energy efficient lighting. The National Park Service will also replace the present windows with double-pane windows to improve the building's energy efficiency.

Work will begin in April and may take up to 4 months. There may be periodic closures of the visitor center during the construction. Closures will be posted on the park website, www.nps.gov/heho. The park will provide temporary restrooms during construction. Restrooms are also available nearby at the park picnic shelters or at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.

"We're looking forward to our visitors benefiting from several improvements to the visitor center this year," said park superintendent Pete Swisher. "We also plan to install a new permanent exhibit later this year about Herbert Hoover's childhood in West Branch and his involvement with developing this park."

Herbert Hoover National Historic Site and the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum are in West Branch, Iowa at exit 254 off I-80. Both are open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time. For more information go online to www.nps.gov/heho or call (319) 643-2541.

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