Just to the south of Ellicottville lies Pennsylvania’s Kinzua Bridge State Park, featuring the Kinzua Sky Walk with a partial glass floor, a gorge, hiking trails and beautiful scenery. To make this state park even better, plans for a new visitor center/park office are in the works.

The new building will house the administrative and operational functions of the three-park complex — Kinzua Bridge, Bendigo, and Elk State Parks — and provide full-scale visitor and tourism features.

The design for the new building is nearly complete. It will include office space, an exhibit area, restrooms, storage space, a files/office equipment room, and a lunchroom.

As part of this project, the new visitor center/park office will be designed as “green architecture” that is LEED (Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design) Certified. The building will be sited in such a way to provide views of the Kinzua Bridge debris field on the valley floor and provide access to the remains of the failed historic structure that was a National Engineering Landmark.

The new center will provide year-round visitor services to the public by providing information, maps, interpretive exhibits, permits and trail guides.

The project is being designed by Buehler & Associates and coordinated through the Pennsylvania State Department of General Services.

The project is expected to go out for bid in spring/early summer, with an anticipated groundbreaking sometime this summer. The building is anticipated to be completed sometime near the end of 2015.

Visitors will be able to access the bridge throughout construction.

This project is part of Enhance Penn’s Woods, a two-year, $200-million initiative launched by Governor Corbett to make repairs and improvements to Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests.

Kinzua Bridge State Park and the Kinzua Sky Walk are located about 49 miles south of Ellicottville via Route 219 at 1721 Lindholm Dr., Mt. Jewett, Pa. For more information, visit http://visitanf.com/kinzua-bridge-state-park or call (814) 965-2646.