OCC Welcome Center stays closed to tourists without volunteers to man itPlans to open the Old Colorado City Welcome Center on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the tourist season are temporarily on hold.
The reason is a lack of volunteers to man the center during those times, according to Dave Van Ness, executive director of the Old Colorado City Associates (OCCA) business group.
The OCCA owns the two-story converted house that includes the center at 2324 W. Colorado Ave. The nonprofit representative of roughly 50 businesses in and around the Old Colorado City Historic District bought the property last year and implemented renovations on the house, including construction of handicapped accessible restrooms for visitors and the creation of a front desk and racks with tourist brochures and Old Town memorabilia that's for sale.
The announced plan was to open the center starting with the Territory Days festival over Memorial Day weekend and to keep it open Fridays-Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Labor Day.
Van Ness was asked about the situation because of the center not having opened to the public since Territory Days.
Van Ness had initially hoped to man the center with help from the City Police Ambassadors program - in which volunteers stroll around the district in green vests and answer visitors' questions - but that has not worked out so far.
The Ambassadors program itself put out a call for volunteers this spring.
Anyone who would like to volunteer for the Welcome Center can reach Van Ness at 440-0234 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Information on becoming an Ambassador is available at 444-7441.
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