Resort Municipality Initiative projects nearing completion Print Article Font Size
IMG_2129.JPGIt has been a busy construction season in Golden, with multiple projects on the go to make improvements and enhancements to the community – two of which have been funded by the provincial government’s Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) and undertaken by the town.

 “The importance of RMI funding in our community cannot be understated,” says Mayor Ron Oszust. “It has provided us the ability to fund improvements in our community that the destination traveler has come to expect and we could otherwise never afford.”

Nearing completion and together totalling over $1.3 million is the new seasonal visitor information centre and community entrance sign, both located on Highway 1 in Golden.

Anticipated to be substantially complete by July 31st, the seasonal visitor centre is a great example of a partnership between Destination BC, Tourism Golden, the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) and the Town of Golden. The new site will feature a seasonally staffed welcome area; washroom facilities; sani-dump; dog run; and Wi-Fi infrastructure for public consumption.  The centre will be owned by the Town of Golden with visitor services provided by Tourism Golden.

“The location of the new visitors centre provides an ideal westbound exit and parking area that is currently well used as a temporary rest stop for travelers, including RV’s and commercial trucks,” says Town of Golden CAO Jon Wilsgard. “In addition, the area will be a great enhancement to the landscaping that was done on the boulevard adjacent to Highway 1 and the site is the endpoint of the pedestrian path developed in partnership with the Province to provide an important link between Golden’s downtown and the highway frontage.”

Just across from the visitor centre, the long-awaited corporate entrance sign has taken shape at the Highway 95 and Highway 1 intersection. With the concrete structure in place, the various stone, timber, lights, and metal claddings will follow; the project is expected to be substantially complete by mid-August.