Visitor Center Walkway Project
On August 4, 2014 contractors will begin a multi-week project to remove and replace the walkways (highlighted in orange on the map below) between the park's administrative office building, the Theater, the Visitor Center, and the Meeting Room (formerly called the Education Center). This project will prohibit access to the Administration Building, Theater, Visitor Center upper entrance, and Meeting Room for several weeks. ALL VISITOR PARKING will be located in the main Visitor Center lot (see map below in yellow) and the upper parking lot behind the Visitor Center (see map below in red) will be limited to employees and government vehicles only. Accessible parking is located in front of the Visitor Center.
During this time the park's 18-minute orientation film, normally shown in the Theater, will be shown in the museum gallery on the first floor of the Visitor Center. The film can also be viewed on the park's YouTube channel. Click here to watch the movie at your convenience.
For updates prior to your visit, please call 610-783-1099.
Asbestos Remediation Project
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Yellow Springs Trail Parking Lot
The new Yellow Springs Trail Parking Lot (pictured below) is open. This new lot provides more capacity for trail users. Replacing an undersized lot, it also provides a restroom, drinking fountain, and better protection from pollution for adjacent Valley Creek. The lot is the trailhead for the new Yellow Springs Trail, which provides an important connection to the Knox and Joseph Plumb Martin Trails to the east, the Mount Misery Trails to the north, and Chesterbrook and the Chester Valley Trail to the south. A final section of the Yellow Springs Trail, shown as a dotted line on the map, will provide a safe connection to the Valley Creek Trail and includes an overlook at the Covered Bridge. It will open this fall. All the new facilities are fully handicapped-accessible.
Please note that on-street parking is prohibited.
Wilson Road Closure
Construction of the new Yellow Springs Parking Lot began on 11/21/13. Due to the construction, Wilson Road is closed Monday - Friday from 6:00 a.m. to approximately 5:00 p.m. until further notice to all traffic including autos, walkers, joggers, bikers, horses, etc. Visitors may park during the day in the parking lot on the north side of Yellow Springs Road or in the Knox Parking Lot off of Route 252.
Education Pavilion Project
Construction of the new Education Pavilion began on May 15 and has been completed. The surrounding green space and paved walkways are projected to be completed by the end of summer/early fall 2014. Due to this new construction, located in the upper parking lot, ALL bus parking will be directed to the lower parking lot. Passenger drop off and pick up is available in front of the Visitor Center, however all vehicles must leave the drop off area while waiting for passengers. For further information on this project and questions about navigating through the park, please call the front desk at 610-783-1099.
Did You Know?
Varnum's brigade contained the 1st Rhode Island Regiment, a unit largely made up of African American and Native American soldiers. The unit symbolizes the diversity of the army - a diversity not seen again for many years.