The Fort of Vancouver will start a remodeling project on its visitor center this fall, thanks to a $1.7 million grant from the National Park Service.
Greg Shine, chief ranger and historian at the fort, says the money will be used to update a structure that was built during the early 1960s, expanding the theater area and other public spaces.
"The reason behind that is to meet our demand for large groups that visit the site," says Shine. "We have over 12,000 students that visit the site each year on curriculum-based education programs ... so we want a facility that is a 21st century facility that can accommodate our visitors.
"We have over 12,000 students that visit the site each year on curriculum-based education programs. So we want a facility that is a 21st Century facility that can accommodate our visitors."
Shine says construction on the new visitor center will start later this fall and should be wrapped up by next summer.
This story originally appeared on Oregon Public Broadcasting.