MAMMOTH CAVE, Ky. (AP) — Mammoth Cave National Park has dedicated a new $16.4 million visitors' center that includes more space and a place to view exhibits.
Bruce Powell, deputy superintendent of the national park, told the Glasgow Daily Times that "it's a day to celebrate" as several officials attended a ceremony Tuesday to mark the end of work that began in 2007.
Tom Byl of Nashville, Tenn., was visiting the park during the dedication and described the center to the Daily News of Bowling Green as "gorgeous" and "very educational."
The exhibits have information about cave life, including how they are formed and animals that live in them.
Cave City Mayor Dwayne Hatcher said surrounding communities will benefit from the center because more people will be drawn to the area.