Enhancements along the Highway 1 corridor

Interpretive kiosks and highway enhancement projects almost done

It’s no longer just the beautiful mountains that make Golden stand out. Two projects have added a little something extra to the community.

It’s no longer just the beautiful mountains that make Golden stand out. Two projects, both near completion, have added a little something extra to the community.

The first in the installation of some interpretive kiosks at key locations around town.

Resort Municipality Initiative (RMI) funding of $126,500 has gone toward the design, construction, installation and curation of four interpretive kiosks in Golden. The total cost of the project is $132,500.

The new kiosks which are expected to become landmarks within Golden, provide information for visitors about the area. Three of the kiosks are already installed and a fourth will be later this year.

“The kiosks are design motif extensions of our continuing visitor sign program, beautifying our community while also providing colourful displays and information about visitor attractions and activities. Along with our landscaping initiatives, they are amenities perfect for RMI program support being part of a growing amenity infrastructure that tourists need and expect in a resort municipality,” said Mayor Ron Oszust.

In addition to supporting new kiosks in Golden, RMI funding of more than $500,000 recently went toward the initial phase of the Highway 1 Corridor Enhancement. The upgrades include landscaping improvements alongside the roadway, giving tourists an even more positive first impression of the community. The changes are expected to be complete in July.

The $10.5 million a year RMI program managed by the Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training helps small, tourism-based municipalities attract visitors through funding for tourism related infrastructure and events. Golden has received $5,316,383 in funding since it joined the RMI program in 2006.

Since RMI inception in 2007, over $87.6 million has been invested in tourism infrastructure and programs to support local and regional tourism economies in the 14 participating communities.