Dedication of the San Angelo Visitor Center was held on Thursday, March 4, 2004, at 2 pm. In addition to new offices for the San Angelo Health Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce and the Convention & Visitors Bureau, the 11,450 square foot structure provides a rest area and information point for travelers, a scenic spot overlooking the Concho River, access to San Angelo's River Walk and pedestrian pathways to the Historic City Center, Fort Concho and other public facilities. Lead architect Craig Kinney employed native Texas materials - stone, glass, copper and various woods - throughout the imposing building, which is located off of Avenue B on the Concho River and between the Bryant Boulevards in downtown San Angelo.
John Mark McLaughlin, Chairman of the San Angelo Health Foundation at that time, commented "Only in West Texas will you find neighbors so willing to work together. This new facility, which will provide a $5.5 million landmark to visitors and residents, represents a coordinated effort between the Texas Department of Transportation, the City of San Angelo, the San Angelo Chamber of Commerce, Convention & Visitors Bureau and the San Angelo Health Foundation."
The Welcome Center is scheduled to be open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm and Sundays from noon to 4 pm. For additional information, contact the San Angelo Health Foundation at 325.486-0185, the Convention & Visitors Bureau at 325.653-1206 or the Chamber of Commerce at 325.655-4136.
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