Visitors’ Center opens for summer

Barbara Lawlor
Nederaland
Historic Visitors center
On Monday, May 13, Joe Gansley, originally from Connecticut, sat on the bench in front of the Nederland Visitors’ Center and questioned Katrina Harms about where he could camp and about the area in general. He is looking to find a home in the area and found the VC the perfect place to begin his search.
He picked the perfect time to arrive. The Center reopened for business on Friday, May 3, after an on-again-off- again winter. It will be open on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and on weekends from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. As the days grow warmer and more people volunteer, weekday hours will be extended during the summer.
The Visitors’ Center is the welcoming entity in Nederland and is the communication between businesses and customers, hikers, bikers and horseback riders and the trail systems in the wilderness area. It offers information on local sites and activities. Over the weekend, 91 people dropped in to the VC on Saturday and 125 dropped in on Sunday. The travelers were looking for things to do, food to eat and shops to spend their money in.
Businesses in the Peak to Peak region are welcome to submit rack cards for the display kiosk, 4 inches by 9 inches, or business cards. Cards may be dropped off at the center during business hours.
With the new season comes several different ways for local businesses to be featured, said Nederland Town Administrator Alisha Reis. “In addition to the usual contributions of business cards and information, businesses will be able to submit their names for a drawing to be highlighted in the monthly local business section. This may include a product, gift certificate or just information, and the business will be responsible for stocking the space, any promotional materials and information the Visitor Center staff will need to know about the business or product. Town Hall staff will randomly select names each month for featuring at the Visitors’ Center.”
To submit your business name, please e-mail your request to info@nederlandco.org.
The Visitors’ Center is staffed by volunteers, under the direction of Dog House, Inc. Dog House, Inc., was awarded the operations contract by the Town Board of Trustees this spring, after a public search process was conducted. If you would like to volunteer for a shift, please email katrina@katrinaharms.com.
Volunteers should be helpful and friendly to anyone who steps into the Visitors’ Center, and they should have some experience with money, as they will be selling Nederland souvenir products. Training is provided, as well as a volunteer T-shirt, 10 percent off merchandise, and the opportunity to meet people from all over the world.
For more information, call the Visitors’ Center at 303-258-3936.

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