Great Smoky Mountains National Park Receives Large Donation

great_smokyThe Great Smoky Mountains National Park has received one of its largest cash donations ever, a $2.2 million gift from an anonymous donor.
The money will be used to pay off an existing construction loan that funded a visitor center near the park’s Cherokee, N.C., border, opened in 2011.
Money from the gift will also be used toward a new loan to help construct the 13,000-square-foot Collections Preservation Center scheduled to be finished in fall 2015.
The Knoxville News-Sentinel reports the money will be directed through the Great Smoky Mountains Association, a nonprofit organization that supports the park’s educational, scientific and preservation efforts.
Terry Maddox, executive director of the association, says the anonymous donor loves the national park.