- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 3, 2015

VOORHEESVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - State officials have announced plans to build a $3.8 million visitors center at John Boyd Thacher State Park near Albany.

State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey announced Tuesday that the four-season center will have a fireplace, picnic patios, a two-story glass atrium, restrooms and offices. It will be available for weddings and event rentals for up to 200 guests.

Thacher Park sits on the Helderberg Escarpment 10 miles west of Albany. The 2,500-acre park offers panoramic views of the Hudson Valley, Green Mountains and the foothills of the Adirondacks and draws more than 300,000 visitors a year.

The upgrade is part of an initiative to renew the state park system. Other projects include $50 million to upgrade Niagara Falls State Park and $65 million to revitalize Jones Beach State Park on Long Island.

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