Concord Visitor Center holds long-postponed grand opening

Concord Visitor Center holds long-postponed grand opening

Concord Visitor Center holds long-postponed grand opening
Taking part in the ribbon-cutting for the grand opening of the Concord Visitor Center were, from left, Concord Chamber of Commerce board member Wade Cantrell, Visit Concord board member Chris Mellini, Concord Councilman Edi Birsan, Visit Concord staff members Tracy Rogers, Arwyn McCullough, Elaine Schroth and Shelbi Walker, Concord Mayor Tim McGallian, Concord Chamber’s Kevin Cabral and Chamber Ambassador Lynn Koellermeier. (Photo by Jay Bedecarré)

CONCORD, CA, (Sept. 20, 2021) — Conveniently located in the heart of Concord’s historic downtown in Todos Santos Plaza, the Concord Visitor Center is officially now open and ready to welcome guests.

The Visit Concord team moved into the newly-renovated space in Salvio Pacheco Square in January 2020 and had planned a grand opening event for April last year. After the pandemic hit in March, the beautiful new center remained largely unoccupied for the next year as team members worked remotely.

This April the center cautiously reopened in accordance with county health and safety guidelines, and has been welcoming visitors throughout the summer. On Thursday, Sept. 16, they finally held the official ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Pandemic impact

Concord Visitor Center holds long-postponed grand opening
The Visit Concord staff is delighted to finally have the Concord Visitor Center open on a regular basis for visitors and residents alike. The Visit Concord crew includes, front row from left, interns Arwyn McCullough, Manuel Hurtado and Dominic Minolli; back row, Shelbi Walker, Elaine Schroth, Tracy Rogers and Desiree C.

“Like every other place, the pandemic greatly impacted Concord tourism this past year,” said Elaine Schroth, CEO and president of Visit Concord. “The good news is that with the state’s official reopening this summer, leisure travel has begun to make a comeback and the local economy is showing signs of recovery.

“Hotels, restaurants and businesses are free to operate with precautionary restrictions and public events and gatherings are starting to pop up once again. We want everyone to know that the Visitor Center is here to serve visitors and residents alike and we look forward to seeing you soon.”

The Concord Visitor Center offers an elevated informational experience with interactive displays, art installations, historic exhibits and resources for Mount Diablo State Park and East Bay Regional Parks. The 1,650 square foot facility also offer services such as attraction discounts, transportation information, merchandise, brochures, meeting space, WiFi, charging stations and an indigenous garden and patio area.

The Visitor Center is open weekdays from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. at 2151 Salvio St., Suite T in Salvio Pacheco Square. The phone number is (925) 685-1182. More information is also available on the Visit Concord website.