"This project is a great opportunity for the District to work with local organizations to enhance this iconic tourism building and benefit our local visitor economy,” said District of Squamish acting mayor Doug Race in a news release."We look forward to working collaboratively with members of the Tourism Squamish, the Squamish Chamber of Commerce and tourism stakeholders to re-envision and revitalize this valuable tourism asset and community anchor, and we wish to thank the province for this funding that will make this project possible."
The District of Squamish announced in the release that money from the Tourism Dependent Communities Fund will be used to revitalize the 15-year-old facility."Tourism Squamish is proud to have called the Squamish Adventure Centre home for the past 15 years," said Tourism Squamish executive director Lesley Weeks in the release.
"The signature building will benefit from upgrades to enhance its performance as a tourism centre and to increase its operational efficiency. We are excited by the opportunity to work with other key stakeholders to revitalize this amazing community building."A task force is being put together to figure out how to use the funds, with several goals in mind.
These include supporting longer visitor stays and repeat visitation, achievement of cost-neutrality or profit through its operations, energy efficiency, participation from Squamish Nation, and showcasing the ‘wood first’ aspect of the building.Afterward, there will be a period of community engagement, and design and upgrades will follow.
Work must begin by December 31, 2021 and be completed on or before March 31, 2023.