Monday, April 19, 2021

Yosemite National Park to build $10 million visitor center

Groundbreaking on "welcome center" in 
Yosemite Valley expected by this fall

by Paul Rogers, Bay Area News Group

Published: April 14, 2021

An artist's rendering of the planned plaza and the new Welcome Center proposed for Yosemite Valley. Yosemite Falls is visible in the background. The Welcome Center will be located in a refurbished building that housed the Sports Shop in the eastern Yosemite Village. (Courtesy of Yosemite Conservancy/RHAA Landscape Architects)

IN A TYPICAL YEAR, more than 4.5 million people visit Yosemite National Park, many of them first-time visitors from other states or countries who are looking to find their bearings and figure out how best to enjoy the breathtaking scenery of one of America's most storied landmarks.

Now, park officials and a leading Bay Area environmental group are working to make their experience a little easier by building a new $10.4 million visitor center in the heart of Yosemite Valley. Construction is planned to begin this fall with the new facility expected to open by the end of 2022 or early 2023.

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