As of Wednesday, October 16, 2013
The Mt. Adams Visitor Center, located at the Park & Ride on Washington’s State Route 14 next to the Hood River Bridge, will be having a renovation work party on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 26 and 27, from 1 to 5 p.m. each day.
The building serves as both the Visitor Information Center and the Mt. Adams Chamber of Commerce and hundreds of people pass through its doors each month.
“We are so excited to breathe some fresh life into the small space that serves as our welcoming point for not only White Salmon and Bingen, but for all of western Klickitat County and the Gorge region,” said Tamara Kaufman, director of the chamber.
According to Kaufman it has been a number of years since the facility has been painted and had a thorough reorganization.
“The Center becomes a hub for questions, directions and suggestions for both tourists and locals when looking for activities and specific resources in the area, “ Kaufman said. “We will be focusing on the interior of the office to maximize the space that is available for community members to showcase their businesses and activities to get our visitors to not only stop for a few minutes, but really be drawn into the fantastic opportunities for adventure, beautiful sites, fantastic foods, beer and wine as well as the amazing community organizations that exist here in Klickitat, Skamania and Hood River counties.”
The City of White Salmon leases the building to the chamber and has generously approved the creative juices to flow with this remodel. The Visitor Center will get a thorough overhaul over the work weekend, in large part thanks to the White Salmon’s Ace Hardware which will be supplying the paint for a fresh, welcoming interior. Carpet tiles will be laid down over the aging linoleum floor tiles and the general layout of the space will be redesigned for better function for visitors.
Community Partners of Bingen-White Salmon will be a major contributor of workforce and creative ideas to make the building more inviting. They are working on new signage for the exterior of the building with a local flair.
Celynn VanDeventer the owner of Postal Connections has created a concept drawing of surf boards being used as the ‘Visitor’ signs to attracted attention to the small building. The groups are asking for any donations of unused kayaks, wind surfing boards, sails, kite boards and even wine casks for this and other community projects. Ideas are in the works for creating benches and art pieces with this concept to make the Visitor Center a unique place that truly represents the area.
If you are interested in volunteering to spruce up the Visitor Center or you have items to donate to the effort, call the Chamber at 493-3630 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.