Cape Cod National Seashore: reduced programs, increased construction
WELLFLEET – Cape Cod National Seashore is cutting some operations for the fall while stepping up construction projects on its trails and buildings to prepare for 2022.
The Province Lands Visitor Center in Provincetown has closed for the season, according to a press release on seasonal changes. Over the next few months, a new roof, exterior and interior repairs and the installation of a new carpet will be carried out. Outdoor observation decks may be closed for public safety during construction.
The Salt Pond Visitor Center in Eastham, however, will continue to operate from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily, with staff and volunteers assisting visitors with maps, brochures and orientation information. at the entrance to the building.
America’s National Parks store in central Salt Pond is open Tuesday through Sunday, but will close for a short time in December.
Restrooms will be available throughout the winter at both visitor centers, and dry toilets are available at Hemenway Landing in Eastham, Head of the Meadow Beach in Truro, and Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown.
Pets on a leash are welcome on the seaside beaches and on the Nauset, Head of the Meadow and Province Lands cycle paths during the winter months. Pets are not allowed on the waterfront walking trails except for a short segment at the start of the Great Island Trail in Wellfleet. Bicycles are not allowed on the hiking trails or on the beaches.
Other construction projects this fall include upgrading the Nauset bike path to address safety issues on the section between the Salt Pond Visitor Center and the Doane Picnic Area. This segment of the trail is closed until the scheduled completion time in late November.
The trail between Doane and Coast Guard Beach is open. Root-affected sidewalks at the Salt Pond Visitor Center are being repaired under the same contract.
Construction of the new public bath at Nauset Light Beach has resumed and parking remains limited. Major rehabilitation of the Highland Lighthouse is expected to be completed this winter, park officials say.
Other construction projects cited in the press release include new roofs, chimney repairs, installation of new septic tanks, rehabilitation of the Atwood-Higgins House, as well as interior repairs and a conservation treatment at the Captain Penniman house.
Seashore partners are also carrying out important historical preservation work, including painting and repairing Nauset Light by the Nauset Light Preservation Society, and the completion of the major rehabilitation of the Highland House Museum by the Truro Historical Society.
The Seashore will continue to organize programs for the public.
On November 12, the screening of Rebecca M. Alvin’s documentary film “Out of Service: A Cold War Memory”, presented by the Payomet Performing Arts Center at Wellfleet Preservation Hall, was sold out, but additional screenings will be scheduled. Information: payomet.org.
On November 20, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the Seashore will host a program with Earl Mills, a citizen of the Mashpee Wampanoag tribe to mark the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving. This 1621 event was symbolic for the settlers and had significance for the First Peoples, who had lived in the area for thousands of years, according to information from the park.
During this open-air talk and walk through the Fort Hill area, Mills will describe the lives of his people before European contact, how life changed after contact, and what is happening on the plane today. cultural, political and economic for the tribe.
Reservations are required and can be made up to one week in advance by calling the Salt Pond Visitor Center at 508-255-3421, ext. 9.
Participation is limited and masks are mandatory where social distancing cannot be maintained. This program is free and co-sponsored by Friends of the Cape Cod National Seashore.