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Study planned for visitors center for Great Dismal Swamp

February 18, 2019

CHESAPEAKE, Va. (AP) — The city of Chesapeake is evaluating a plot of a land for a visitors center to draw more attention to the Great Dismal Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.

The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk, Virginia, reports the city plans to evaluate a 2-acre plot next to the Dismal Swamp Canal Trail to see if it’s a good place for a center. The feasibility study costs nearly $36,000 and would take roughly four weeks.

Officials say the city would share the facility with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which would buy the property and build the center. They say about $490,000 is available to buy the property. No funds have been allocated for construction, estimated to cost as much $8 million.

Advocates say the decades-old plan would draw tourists traveling into the area along U.S. 17.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com