November 13, 2013 - 1:04 PM
The City of Vernon is pleased to announce that it is centralizing its visitor information centres, effective Spring 2014.
The City currently operates two visitor information centres, at the south and north ends of the city. One of the strategic goals of the 2010-2015 Vernon Tourism Development Plan was to centralize the two centres in order to achieve savings in operational and maintenance costs and to better meet the needs of tourists and the Vernon business community. The savings realized from operating only one centre will be invested in new tourism marketing initiatives.
After a lengthy site selection process, City Council, with the support of the Tourism Advisory Committee, has determined that the new Visitor Information Centre will be located on the Civic Arena block, in the building located at 3004 39 Avenue. Both the building and surrounding site will be upgraded over the winter to provide a welcoming Visitor Information Centre with paved parking for visitors and recreational vehicles. The site has excellent access from both Highway 97 and 27 Street, and the proximity to the sani-dump is expected to be well received by our visitors travelling with recreational vehicles.
Proximity to the downtown is one of the key benefits of the site. Visitors will find the downtown easy to access, particularly with the ultimate completion of the 29/30 Street corridor and multi use path.
The remainder of the Civic Arena block will continue to be used for parking and the Civic Arena, at least for the short term. The City and the Regional District of North Okanagan are looking into the future of the Civic Arena, with the possibility of replacing the ice at a different location. Should that happen, the City will look towards further improvements on the site to create a park space for residents and visitors alike.
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