The new Atwood Lake Park Welcome Center is designed to provide visitors with "that overpowering wow moment" when they first see it.
The $1.8 million facility opened last Friday to serve visitors to the park, which is operated by the Muskingum Watershed Conservancy District.
The front portion of the building is a traditional welcome center that includes a small retail shop, a registration center for campers and public restrooms, said park manager Aaron Stump.
Visitors will find a kiosk where they can make reservations, apply for fishing and hunting licenses, apply for MWCD jobs or find out about other conservancy district lakes. The welcome center also has two big screen TV sets — one that shows off the park, and the other that gives information on park activities.
"It was designed to give that natural feeling to it, with a lot of natural light," Stump said.The MWCD is in the midst of a $120 million program to improve facilities at various parks. The money comes from Utica shale leases and royalty payments. Read more by clicking here.
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