Massachusetts Couple Donates $3 Million to Yellowstone Park Foundation

Cheng and Shalin Wu, founders of network services company Arrowpoint Communications, a provider of Internet switches and network services software, have donated $3 million to the Yellowstone Park Foundation, the Boston Herald reports.

The money, almost half of the $6.7 million the Montana-based nonprofit has raised for the park to date, will go toward creating a new visitor center, to be built next to Old Faithful, the park's famous geyser. According to foundation officials, the existing visitor center is "poorly located, poorly designed, has no interpretive exhibits, and does little to enhance the visitor experience."

The new center is expected to cost approximately $15 million. When completed, it will feature an exhibit space, a high-tech library, and a 300-seat theater.

The Wus first visited Yellowstone, the first and oldest national park in the world, in 1999 and made their commitment last summer, after their Acton-based company was purchased by networking giant Cisco Systems for $5.7 billion.

"We had never seen so many animals," Shalin Wu noted. "It's their home. It's not ours. We should save it for them."

Laurel J. Sweet. "Couple from Carlisle Donate $3 Million to Yellowstone Park" Boston Herald 03/12/2001.