Kimball County’s Tourism Director will appear before commissioners Wednesday morning to make the case that closing the High Point Welcome Center would have a negative impact on visitor spending in the Panhandle and the state.
Jessica Rocha says she’s been told budgetary issues may force Kimball County to close the center by the end of December, and possibly sooner.
Rocha tells KNEB News the center’s current location is ideal to send visitors to attractions throughout the Panhandle. “You know, how important Legacy of the Plains is to those learning history, and of course, Chimney Rock being one of the main attractions on this end of the state,” says Rocha, “Letting people know how awesome the Wildcat Hills Nature Center is, the interactive displays they have there. Telling people about Agate Fossil Beds, Carhenge, Toadstool Park and everything along the way.”
Rocha tells us she’s anticipating State Tourism Director John Ricks and Scotts Bluff County Tourism Director Brenda Leisy will be at Wednesday’s Board meeting in support of the visitor center.
Scotts Bluff and Morrill Counties do provide some financial assistance to the center, and Rocha says she wants the time to find additional resources that can be used to keep the center’s doors open. Closure of the High Point Welcome Center would mean the first manned visitor kiosk traveling west to east would be in Ogallala.