Boston Common Visitor Center Reopens Oct. 19

October 18, 2011

Mayor Thomas M. Menino, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department, the Boston Public Facilities Department and the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau will join forces to officially reopen the Boston Common Visitor Information Center (VIC) on Wednesday, October 19, at 2 p.m.

Renovations to the Visitor Information Center, located on Boston Common at 139 Tremont St., and the adjoining Boston Park Ranger Station include slate repairs, stucco repairs and exterior paint. Improvements to the VIC include a new vestibule tucked under the front portico and a monumental clock, decorative beam, and improved thermal comfort in the visitors lobby. The public bathrooms have been renovated with phenolic partitions, stainless steel accessories and a refurbished terrazzo floor. In addition, there is a new fire alarm system and holiday lighting infrastructure improvements.

“The Visitor Information Center acts as a focal point to welcome people from throughout the world to Boston,” Menino said. “These new improvements make it an even more attractive gateway to our city and all it has to offer.”

As noted by Menino, the VIC is a hub of activity used by many organizations. It is where the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau staff welcomes visitors to the city of Boston and acts as the starting point for Freedom Trail Foundation tours led by cultural interpreters in colonial costume. The center serves 3,500 to 5,000 guests per day during the peak summer months and 1,000 per day during the winter months,

“This special partnership with Mayor Menino and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department has paid huge dividends for Boston’s visitor industry,” said Patrick B. Moscaritolo, president and CEO of the Greater Boston Convention and Visitors Bureau. “Extra visitor spending occurs because of this Center and benefits the thousands of people who work in our industry and for that we are extremely grateful to Mayor Menino, Commissioner Pollak and the great collaboration we have with the Mayor’s team.”

Moscaritolo added that visitors using the VIC on average will visit three additional attractions and stay a day longer as a result of the information and services made available to them. The project was managed by the City of Boston Property and Construction Management Department’s Capital Construction Division. Design costs of $100,000 and the construction budget of $800,000 for the VIC renovation project were funded by Mayor Menino’s Capital Improvement Program.

The Oct. 19 celebration will feature costumed colonial characters provided by the Freedom Trail Foundation and a fife player and drummer co-sponsored by the Mayor’s Office of Arts, Tourism and Special Events.

For more information on the reopening event, call the Boston Parks and Recreation Department at 617-635-4505.

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