Sugarlands Visitors Center in the Smokies to get facelift
An architect's rendering of the renovations. (Source: National Park Service)
GATLINBURG (WATE) - The Sugarlands Visitors Center, which welcomes visitors to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park in Gatlinburg, will undergo renovations beginning this spring.
Park spokeswoman Molly Schoer says the building will remain open while workers perform renovations to improve the main lobby's layout and visitor contact area.
Along with lighting
system improvements, the new visitor information desk and exhibits will be laid
out to have more open space allowing for better circulation and overall
New interactive exhibits in the lobby will focus attention on
natural resource challenges like air quality and forest health. In addition,
access to the popular natural history exhibits in the existing museum will be
Schoer said sustainable products will be used in the renovations.
work is slated to begin Jan 7. and will last through Mar. 31.
The work will be concentrated between 2 p.m. and 11 p.m. on weekdays. During this time period, the natural
history museum portion of the visitor center will be closed to the public. All
other services including general information, the park film, and the bookstore
will remain available.
The Sugarlands Visitor Center welcomes 850,000