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Online: The Brockport Welcome Center clean-up effort

by Kristina Livingston- Executive Editor
Tue, Sep 19th 2017 07:00 pm
Photo courtesy of My Brockport
The Brockport Welcome Center is a staple of the community.
Photo courtesy of My Brockport The Brockport Welcome Center is a staple of the community.

Alongside the canal path, the Brockport Welcome Center serves as the prime greeting spot of information and volunteer-based activity within the Village of Brockport.

Operated almost solely by volunteers, the center is in need of additional volunteers to help clean its concrete steps with blowers and brooms on September 23, according to my.brockport.edu.  The project will prepare the center for the sealing of the steps, so that it is set for the dormant winter months.

The center, which functions as a part of public government, allows bikers, hikers, travelers and community members access to free Wi-Fi, restrooms, showers and literature.

According to Building Manager Gary Skoog, the importance of outside involvement is what keeps the center running for all to utilize.

“Historically since 2005 when it [the Welcome Center] opened we staffed it with volunteers and so from the time we open till the time we close, volunteers are there,” Skoog said.

Around 100 people from the surrounding area are currently enlisted on the volunteer availability roster.

Throughout the season, the Welcome Center is host to a number of opportunities, including its bike share program, which offers the free use of a bike in exchange for a display of proper identification.

“The bike thing is a big deal for us not every village or town or city along the canal has a free bike program,” Skoog said.

Through this program, as well as the center being a hub of activity for presentations, bike ride kickoffs and community events, such as the Summer Serenades music series, its board members and volunteers are able to form valuable connections in the community.

“As the fall begins and summer wanes, then you get fewer people,” Skoog said. “You can tell people who aren’t familiar with the village. We encourage people to spend time in our village, in the museum, the historical society. We have a broad appeal.”

For those interested in accessing The Brockport Welcome Center and its services, visit 11 Water Street.

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