By HOWARD BALABAN
Medina Journal-Register — MEDINA - Spring appears to have finally arrived, and with the warmer temperatures will come a variety of tourists to the area.
Previously, the Medina Visitors Center operated on the northeast block of Main Street where the Orleans County Chamber of Commerce used to be located. However, with the Chamber leaving, the visitors center needed to move, too.
“We were there for the first four years,” said Jim Hancock, a member of the Village Tourism Committee and a volunteer who helps staff the center.
“That place was sold, so now we’re in City Hall.”
The new location is undergoing final preparations before opening its doors in time for the busy tourist season. Hancock said the area is being refurbished to include a new floor, some historic lighting and possibly a mural depicting a scene from the Erie Canal.
With Medina accessible by bicyclists, motorists, and boaters, Hancock said the visitors center plays a vital role.
“We help them find things to do,” he said of the out-of-towners.
Hancock said one goal this year is to include more memorabilia about the community. Last year, he said guests of the visitors center received a complimentary gift, courtesy of Mark McDaniel’s shop, The Candle Nook. There were also local maps, postcards, and other assorted items, all of which Hancock said he will look to offer again.
He added that residents are more than welcome to stop by because, he said, “Not everyone knows what’s here.”
The visitors center will hold regular business hours of Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a 100 percent volunteer staff. Hancock said there is a possibility of Saturday hours if enough volunteers are available.