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Calif.’s Burney Falls to get $1.1 million visitor center

(March 29, 2012) -- Officials at McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park in eastern Shasta County are planning to build a $1.1 million visitor center later this year, reports the Record-Searchlight. Park officials plan to renovate a 1,217-square-foot concession building and turn it into a "major educational center."

REDDING, Calif. — Officials at McArthur-Burney Falls Memorial State Park in eastern Shasta County are planning to build a $1.1 million visitor center later this year, reports the Record-Searchlight. Park officials plan to renovate a 1,217-square-foot concession building and turn it into a “major educational center.”

The Record-Searchlight writes that the building will include indoor and outdoor exhibits, a theater, a gift shop and a training room in the rear of the building.

The money used to renovate the visitor center comes from Proposition 84, a voter initiative that allowed the state to raise $5.38 billion from bond sales. The funds can only be used for certain types of programs, such as construction projects, and not to operate parks, reports the Record-Searchlight.

Bill Cummings, president of the McArthur-Burney Falls Interpretive Association, told the Record-Searchlight that renovating the visitor center will make the park even more attractive to tourists, helping to ensure it doesn’t close along with other parks.

For the complete story from the Record-Searchlight, click here.

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