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Contact: Rachelle Daigneault, 410-629-6088
Berlin, Maryland - If you've ever biked to the beach at Assateague Island in the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge in Virginia, you may have been caught in one of Assateague's fast moving rain showers. Acting upon requests from visitors and Chincoteague's business community, the National Park Service has erected a foul weather shelter to provide cover for visitors caught in inclement weather. The 32 foot by 12 foot structure is located at the end of Beach Road near the parking lots, and comfortably offers protection for a minimum of 40 people. It is constructed of aluminum framing, tinted polycarbon glass, stainless steel base, pressure treated decking, and is also equipped with lightning protection. For convenience, bike racks are located immediately adjacent to the shelter. In keeping with sustainable design practices on the island, the foul weather shelter can be moved to a safer location for temporary storage during extreme weather events such as hurricanes or Nor'easters.
The Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge is a popular destination for cyclists and beachcombers due to its proximity to the town of Chincoteague. Refuge visitors who bike to the beach may also enjoy the several miles of bike and hike trails that are available. Cyclists and pedestrians entering the Refuge are not required to pay an entrance fee.
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For more information on Assateague Island National Seashore, visit www.nps.gov/asis.