For the first time in the history of the Cuyahoga Valley National Park, visitors will be welcomed Friday, Oct. 25, to the 33,000 acres nestled along the Cuyahoga River between Cleveland and Akron.

The U.S. National Park Service and the Conservancy for Cuyahoga Valley National Park will open the new Boston Mill Visitor Center, marking the first centralized location where visitors can orient themselves, discover the park’s features, and begin their experiences.

“This park deserves to have a central visitor center, and we’re so thrilled to have one,” says Deb Yandala, CEO of the conservancy. “Visitorship has been increased so much, and this is a great place to start their visits and be excited to get out and enjoy the park.”

Designed by Peninsula Architects, the new visitor center is housed in a two-story, 3,600-square-foot building built in 1905. It originally was the Cleveland-Akron Bag Co. before becoming a paper mill that operated there until the mid-1980s.

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