Your Dollars at Work

A symphony plays in front of a large, white, concrete amphitheater in front of a large crowd on wooden benches. Two american flags hang on the wall behind the symphony.
The Cape Symphony performs at the Salt Pond Visitor Center Amphitheater for the 2016 National Park Service Centennial.

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Salt Pond Amphitheater Rehabilitation

This historic outdoor amphitheater on the grounds of the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham was constructed in the 1960s. Over time the amphitheater fell into disrepair. The audio visual system became outmoded, tree roots pushed up the asphalt, causing tripping hazards, and the drinking fountains ceased to function. Vegetation between the amphitheater and the pond grew in, which disrupted onshore winds that kept mosquitoes at bay. The amphitheater eventually became functionally obsolete and uncomfortable to use. In addition, it did not meet accessibility requirements.

Project Details
The national seashore competed successfully for National Park Service facility repair and rehabilitation funds in 2016 to rehabilitate the amphitheater as a signature NPS Centennial project. Work began in fall 2016 and will be completed in spring 2017.

An accessible path from the parking area to the seating area is being constructed. New asphalt will be laid down. Benches constructed from sustainable materials, and with backs for accessibility, will be installed. The amphitheater structure is being repaired and refreshed, and the drinking fountains will be made functional. The electrical system and lighting are being upgraded and enhanced, and a modern audio visual system is being installed. Overgrown vegetation between the amphitheater and the pond is being trimmed to provide views and air flow.

Status of Project
The project is currently being worked on by a contractor, completion is scheduled for late spring, 2017.

A color drawing shows the concepts for museum displays, including an acrylic whale, a large undersea diorama, and wooden platforms.
Schematic of underwater scene for new exhibits being installed in Province Lands Visitor Center in early 2018. National Park Service image.

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Interpretive Media Projects at Salt Pond and Province Lands Visitor Centers and Coast Guard Beach

Several interpretive media projects are underway in 2017-2018. All of these improvements will enhance the experience of visitors to the national seashore.

Project Details
Projects include: new audio visual systems at the indoor auditorium and outdoor amphitheater at Salt Pond Visitor Center, Eastham; outdoor exhibits at Coast Guard Beach, Eastham; a new park film to be shown in the national seashore's two visitor centers; and new interior exhibits at Province Lands Visitor Center in Provincetown.

Status of Project
The audio visual systems and outdoor exhibits will be completed by late spring 2017. The park film and interior exhibits at Province Lands Visitor Center will be completed in spring 2018.

*Recreation fees, derived from Cape Cod beach fees and entrance fees at other parks, are funding this project.

Two bicyclists ride along a paved trail in dune landscape with pine trees in the background.
Bike riders on the Province Lands Bike Trail.

NPS Photo.

Outer Cape Bicycle & Pedestrian Master Plan

The purpose of the Outer Cape Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (OCBPMP) is to create a framework for an interconnected bicycle and pedestrian network linking the towns of Wellfleet, Truro, and Provincetown with the Cape Cod Rail Trail, CCNS, and other destinations within the three communities.

Project Details
The Outer Cape Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan provides a primary or ‘spine’ route that extends the Cape Cod Rail Trail from its current terminus in South Wellfleet to Provincetown. It also includes secondary routes that connect the spine to community destinations, and link together popular bicycle routes and trails in the region. Combining primary and secondary routes makes a variety of loop routes possible. All routes are proposed to use existing road public rights-of-way.

Project plans are available on the Cape Cod Commission website

Status of Project
Implementation phase by towns, park, CC Commission, and state- seeking funds and beginning design of individual segments.

Last updated: April 28, 2017

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