LOUISVILLE, Ky.  (WDRB) -- It's a big boost for the Interpretive Center at the Falls of the Ohio State Park.  Indiana's State Budget Committee approved a project that would make more than $1 million in improvements there.

State Rep. Steve Stemler (D-Jeffersonville), said in a news release, "Many of the current exhibits are nearly 20 years old and are in need of total renovation and replacement.  In addition, there is a general need to upgrade many parts of the facility, including utilities such as heating and air conditioning. This project also will give officials the chance to install new exhibits."

The Budget Committee's decision freed up $400,000 in state money, which is expected to be matched by local donations and a grant from the James Graham Brown Foundation to cover the $1 million cost.

The center hopes to change from more static displays to ones that are much more interactive.  It is in the midst of a $5.5 million fundraising campaign.

The center's mission is to explain how the falls was formed and its impact on the region.  It attracts thousands of visitors each year.  The surrounding falls park itself gets about a half million visitors each year.  So once the new exhibits are installed, the hope is to attract more than the 30,000 paying customers that come through the gates of the interpretive center.

The new exhibits are set to be built next year with the entire project completed by the spring of 2015.

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