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New welcome center in Medina resulted in big increase in visitors

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 26 September 2018 at 8:22 am

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Photo by Ginny Kropf: Officials cut the ribbon on May 29 dedicating a new Visitor’s Center in Medina. The Tourism Committee took over Santa Claus house in Rotary Park, from Memorial Day through Labor Day. From left are Dave Miller, volunteer; Kelly Kiebala, a member of the Tourism Committee; Linda Hansler, volunteer; Alfred Nixon, volunteer; Mayor Mike Sidari; Orleans County Tourism Coordinator Dawn Borchert; Jim Hancock, head of the Medina Tourism Committee; and Maureen Sanderson, Pat Bellucci, Bob Farman, Gail Miller and Barb Filipiak , volunteers.

MEDINA – The Medina Tourism Committee changed the location for its welcome center this summer and the more prominent location in downtown Medina resulted in a big increase in visitors.

Jim Hancock, chairman of the Medina Tourism Committee, shared the news with the Village Board on Monday evening when he gave a report about the season.

The visitor center used to be in City Hall. Last year, only 50 people stopped by the site. This year, with the Tourism Committee at the Santa House at Rotary Park, there were 184 visitors who stopped by for information about Medina, Hancock said. Those visitors were from 28 states and three countries.

“It was really nice to welcome them to Medina,” Hancock said.

The Tourism Committee’s volunteers have been running a welcome center for 10 years now, from Memorial Day to Labor Day. They keep the welcome center staffed from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“It was so much more enjoyable for them because we actually had visitors,” Hancock said. “We did tremendously better than we have ever done before.”

The Village Board approved the use of the Santa House this year and the board gave the Tourism Committee permission to use it again next year. Hancock said the committee will soon move out its brochures and tourism supplies so the building can be prepared for the upcoming Christmas season.

Visitors also provided feedback about downtown Medina and Hancock said the strongest suggestion was to have a public bathroom. He said the Village of Holley has “a gorgeous setup” at its canal park with public bathrooms and showers.

Hancock urged Medina to add public restrooms, a project that he said could be part of the village’s waterfront revitalization plan.

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