- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 24, 2014

SHANDAKEN, N.Y. (AP) - Construction has started on a new Catskill Interpretive Center, which will showcase the natural resources and recreation opportunities in the Catskill Park.

The center on Route 28 in the Ulster County town of Shandaken will be named in honor of retired Congressman Maurice Hinchey. He championed the center for decades and secured a $380,000 U.S. Housing and Urban Development grant for it.

The project will also get $500,000 from New York Works and $420,000 from the state’s Environmental Protection Fund.

The center is slated to open next spring. It will be staffed through a partnership including the Catskill Center for Conservation and Development and other regional groups. It will include hiking trails.

Two Adirondack visitor interpretive centers, in Newcomb and Paul Smiths, were opened in 1989 and 1990.

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