Wednesday, September 16, 2015

National Park Service Invites Public to Attend Meeting on Acadia National Park Headquarters and Visitor Center Plan

The National Park Service (NPS) will host a public meeting to discuss plans for the possible redevelopment of facilities at Acadia National Park headquarters and the Hulls Cove Visitor Center from 6:30 to 7:30 pm on Tuesday, September 22, at the Jesup Memorial Library, 34 Mount Desert Street, in Bar Harbor.

The NPS is preparing a facility development plan and environmental assessment to consider alternatives for rehabilitating, replacing, and relocating the park’s operational and administrative facilities located on McFarland Hill off Eagle Lake Road in Bar Harbor. Many of the buildings at park headquarters are deteriorated or inadequate for 21st century operations, which include the administration, protection, maintenance, interpretation, and resource management functions of the park. The NPS is also evaluating alternatives for improving visitor facilities at Hulls Cove along with those at park headquarters because of the close association between their operations and the efficiencies that can be achieved by integrating the two locations in the planning process.        

“Planning for improved park headquarters and visitor facilities is a major undertaking that will impact the community, and we look forward to getting feedback from the public at this early stage of the process,” said Superintendent Sheridan Steele.

The meeting will include a presentation on the proposed alternatives for park headquarters and Hulls Cove Visitor Center followed by an opportunity for questions and comments from the public.   For more information about the meeting, please contact Chris Buczko, Environmental Protection Specialist, at or 207-288-8730.