BY JENNIFER HOEGG
Kings County Advertiser/Register
A joint effort of the County of Kings, Kentville and Destination Southwest Nova Association, the new visitor information centre at 341 Main Street is now open for business.
Both a venue for tourist information and a satellite office for DSWNA, the “Town and County Visitor Welcome Centre” will be open year-round.
Although it opened its doors quietly before the expected April 1 date, the centre will mark an official grand opening in May. Until summer hours begin in May, the centre is open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
County of Kings Warden Fred Whalen says he is “very pleased that we have been able to work with the Town of Kentville to achieve a full-time visitor information centre, and I am confident it will serve both the county and town well.”
“We anticipate the Town and County Welcome Centre will better serve the local business community,” says Kentville Mayor David Corkum, “ and provide opportunities - not only in Kentville - but throughout the Valley for increased patronage by our visiting tourists.”
Since Kentville made the decision to partner with the county and DSWNA and leave the town’s Park Street information centre for the former Fred’s Shoes store location, councillors have expressed concern over visitor parking at the new downtown location. At the March 8 council advisory committee meeting, recreation director Mark Phillips acknowledged there is “no argument from anyone that parking is going to be a challenge.”
Parking spaces will be designated for welcome centre visitors on Cornwallis Street, with space for large vehicles behind the Municipality of Kings’ building further along the one-way street.