LIVINGSTON COUNTY – Ground was broken Thursday for the $6.75 million four-season Nature Center at Letchworth State Park, and construction for the project is officially underway.
According to news partner 13WHAM, the facility, scheduled to be completed next year, will be a year-round nature center and part of Governor Cuomo’s NY Parks 2020 Plan.
“I’ve always said New York is home to the best state parks in the country and, in Letchworth’s case, that’s been made official,” said Governor Cuomo. “Today, we are doubling down on that honor with this new Nature Center. With the addition of this modern facility, even more visitors will get to experience the essence of Letchworth and local communities will benefit as more visitors explore the park and its surroundings.”
The nature center will be 5,000 square feet and will be the central point for new interpretive programming offered in the park, including meeting and classroom space, interactive exhibits designed to lead visitors out to engage with the park, and a butterfly garden.
The facility will connect to multi-use trails. The Center will also serve as a valuable resource for expanded research with internship, volunteer and partnership opportunities.
About 650,000 people visit Letchworth each year. The nature center is being built with private and public funds. The fundraising campaign is ongoing and aims to raise $2.1 million in private funds. Private donations are being matched approximately 2 to 1 by public funds, with $1.75 million raised to date.
The Letchworth Nature Center is expected to open in spring 2016.
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