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Letchworth plans to build $4.8 million nature center

CASTILE – Letchworth State Park announced plans Tuesday to build a $4.8 million year-round nature center. It will be located near Trailside Lodge south of the Castile entrance to the park.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo already has awarded a $288,000 design grant for the project through the New York Works Park Capital Improvement Fund and various state grants. The state also will match any funds raised by the park with a two-thirds share.

“Providing a year-round facility where our patrons can learn more about the unique geology and history of this park is long overdue,” said State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey. Such a facility was first proposed in 1975.

The current effort began in 2011, when a private donation funded a study that got the project rolling. A Letchworth Nature Center Planning Committee was formed late last year to oversee the project and fundraising. For information and to donate, visit www.letchworthnaturecenter.org.