Help from Friends, budget adjustments keep Seashore center open this fall

Province Lands Visitor Center to remain open through end of October

Visitors to the Outer Cape this fall will be pleased to find the Province Lands Visitor Center open until the last day of October--its usual end of season closing date. The popular Cape Cod National Seashore Park's Provincetown visitor center had a shaky start this season opening later in May than usual due to federal sequestration cuts.

In fact, federal cuts at the park were so deep--$376,000--the visitor center at the tip of the Cape was slated to remain closed for the entire season. 

But the Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore came to the rescue with a $25,000 private funds gift, allowing the Province Lands Visitor Center to stay open from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

The center has received a second reprieve from the Cape Cod National Seashore park itself, according to Superintendent George Price.  "Over the summer, adjustments to park operations resulted in sufficient funds being available to keep the center open in September and October," Price said.

According to Price, September and October are traditionally very busy months at the Cape Cod National Seashore and the Province Lands Visitor Center specifically.

The center will remain open each day from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through October 31, 2013 and will close during the winter months. Visitors will be able to access Cape Cod National Seashore information and resources at the Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham which is open year-round.

The Province Lands Visitor Center is at 171 Race Point Road in Provincetown, 508-487-1256. The Salt Pond Visitor Center is on Nauset Road off Route 6 in Eastham, 508-255-3421. Visit the Cape Cod National Seashore website for more information. See scheduled events in September here. October events will be posted shortly.

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