Canal Place officials want visitor center reopened

OCT 4 2020

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CUMBERLAND Times News — A Canal Place official requested Tuesday that the Cumberland Visitor Center reopen to allow the increasing volume of travelers on the towpath trail and Great Allegheny Passage to spend more time in Cumberland.  The visitor center has remained closed since the COVID-19 pandemic surfaced in March.

Tina Cappetta, superintendent of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Historic Park, gave an update on the park system at Tuesday's meeting of the Canal Place Preservation and Development Authority. "Our visitation is actually up about 1 million," said Cappetta. "So we are running about 25% higher that normal. We know we are seeing a huge influx of visitors. Read More..

PHOTO: This 2014 file photo shows the Western Maryland Railway Station. Canal Place officials are requesting the Cumberland Visitor Center, located within the station, be reopened to accommodate an increasing volume of visitors.  Steve Bittner/Times-News

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