After months of planning and construction, Grand Island is now home to a beautiful Western New York Welcome Center designed in the iconic Prairie style of Frank Lloyd Wright. The new $25-million welcome center, which opened on Monday of this week, can be found just off the Whitehaven Road exit on Route 190.
In addition to the usual lineup of restrooms and dog-walking areas, the Western New York Welcome Center features a number of other more unusual amenities as well. These include a local museum, electric vehicle charging stations, a playground and a snack bar with foods from local farmers and artisans. This way, travelers will not only have an opportunity to relax and stretch their legs, but also get a sneak preview of everything our region has in store for them. Furthermore, the welcome center will give nearby farmers an ideal place to showcase their goods.
According to Diane Held of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Erie County, the welcome center will periodically rotate snack bar products from different farms and vendors to give everyone as much exposure as possible. There’s even an area designated for farmers’ markets located in a second structure behind the welcome center.
If you missed the soft open on Monday, the welcome center’s developers reportedly plan on hosting a grand opening celebration in the near future. To learn more about everything that’s happening on Grand Island, stay tuned for the latest updates from our blog at Town Hall Terrace!