Officials, residents to celebrate new welcome center in Norcross

NORCROSS -- City officials, staff and residents will be on hand next month for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Norcross Welcome Center at 189 Lawrenceville St. The new facility will serve as an information hub for both locals and tourists, as well as offering a venue for both historic and artistic displays.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony is planned for April 17 at noon. "That's also a big day for Norcross in general," Welcome Center coordinator Leigh Mehas said. On that same date, the Corners to Crossing Road Race, Lillian Webb park dedication and spring break are all taking place in the city.

"Spring break is just our way of welcoming spring and summer with live bands, food, inflatables for kids and games," Mehas said.

"Our goal is to make the welcome center a good place for both locals and tourists."

Visitors to the center can find out the best places to eat, learn about the city's parks and even get the inside scoop on the shopping in Norcross.

A "Meet and Greet" session was held on March 13, and another is scheduled for April 3 (no time established yet). Area residents and business owners are invited to share ideas, learn about volunteer opportunities and donate historic artifacts for display at the center.

The Welcome Center is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. until April 17. After the ribbon cutting, Mehas said that she anticipates extended and weekend hours for visitors. For more information, visit the city's Web site at www.norcrossga.net.