Boston Mills Visitor Center: Coming 2019

Zelinski - Ted Toth (8-2013)

Each year, Cuyahoga Valley National Park (CVNP) welcomes over two million visitors, with 20 percent coming from out-of-state. However, the park lacks an essential piece to welcome all these people: a full-service, central visitor center. 

Soon, CVNP will be able to welcome visitors to a new, state-of-the-art visitor center. This “front door” to the park will help orient new visitors to the Cuyahoga Valley and connect locals to its wide array of landscapes and programs.

The new Boston Mills Visitor Center will serve as a central, one-stop resource—a destination for visitors to plan their journeys in the national park and Ohio & Erie Canalway.

The project includes a main visitor center building and two smaller buildings nearby, which will serve as public restrooms and office space. Each will see a complete rehabilitation in keeping with the historic feel of the Village of Boston. An outdoor pavilion and courtyard will provide visitors with park information and resources 24/7, while indoor exhibits will orient visitors to the park and its geography, natural resources, history, & surrounding areas.

In close partnership with the National Park Service, the Conservancy is managing the fundraising, planning, design, and construction for the project. When it's complete, the Conservancy will "hand over the keys" to the National Park Service, which will be responsible for the ongoing operation and maintenance of the property. 

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Fast Facts

Location: SE corner of Riverview & Boston Mills roads, Village of Boston
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Cost: $5.9 million


  • 2017: Planning & design
  • 2018: Construction begins
  • 2019: Planned opening

Lead contractors: 

  • Architecture: Peninsula Architects 
  • Engineering: Environmental Design Group
  • Exhibits: Hilferty & Associates
  • Construction Manager: Regency Construction Services

Site Plan

Learn More

To view National Park Service documents about the project, visit and search for “Cuyahoga Valley National Park.” For more information, contact Patty Stevens, the Conservancy’s Capital Projects Director, at 330-657-2909 ext. 120 or

Community Support

Many thanks to the following individuals, foundations, and corporate funders who have contributed to this project: 


Cynthia Knight

$500,000 - $999,999

  • GAR Foundation
  • The Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation 
  • The Kent H. Smith Charitable Trust

$250,000 - $499,999

  • The Cleveland Foundation
  • The George Gund Foundation
  • Burton D. Morgan Foundation
  • The Reinberger Foundation
  • Remen Family Foundation
  • Sigrid and Curt Reynolds

$100,000 - $249,999

  • Cargill Deicing Technology
  • Mary S. and David C. Corbin Foundation
  • Jean Thomas Lambert Foundation
  • Lehner Family Foundation
  • Medical Mutual Community Investment Fund of Akron Community Foundation

$50,000 - $99,999

  • Anonymous
  • Doug and Karen Cooper
  • FirstEnergy Foundation
  • Howland Memorial Fund
  • Sue and George Klein

$20,000 - $49,999

  • Diana Kunze and Arthur Brown
  • Ohio & Erie Canalway Association
  • NPS Civil Rights Interpretation (Carl Stokes, Cuyahoga River)
  • John A. McAlonan Fund of Akron Community Foundation 
  • The Akron Garden Club
  • The Sisler McFawn Foundation
  • Roush Memorial Fund of Akron Community Foundation
  • M.G. O’Neil Foundation

$19,999 and under

Mark Parker & Sue Serdinak, OMNOVA Solutions Foundation, Frank H. and Nancy L. Porter Fund, Barbara & Riley Lochridge, Robert A. and Jean C. Meyers Family Fund, Lynne & Bill Dowling, Stephen & Sonja Metzler, April & Charlie Walton

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