Legacy Centre in fine shape
Facility looking to rent space, but not for financial security
The future of the Cupids Legacy Centre was a hot topic earlier this year when residents of the community voted on a proposal for the town to purchase the multimillion-dollar property. The proposal was ultimately rejected. According to the chairman of its volunteer board of directors, the centre itself is in fine shape financially.
Just over a month ago residents of Cupids voted against the town’s plan to purchase and operate the Cupids Legacy Centre building.
But some misconceptions about the failed transaction had people questioning how the centre could continue to operate based on concerns that Cupids Legacy Inc., the volunteer entity that operates the facility, could not financially support it. Could the centre continue on now without the town purchasing the property?
The chair of the board of Cupids Legacy Inc., Roy Dawe, says the facility had no problem continuing with its business. He also denied the board decided operations and ownership would transfer hands to the town.
“(Cupids Legacy Inc.) never did vote to give the building to the town,” he told The Compass in a phone interview Wednesday, July 15. “There’s currently vacant space for rent in the building.”
There are no specifics on who may decide to rent the space, but Dawe expects to advertise for a commercial establishment to set up shop.
One of the other rumours that has been acknowledged by Dawe is whether or not the organization could continue to afford to operate.
Dawe was insistent that the cost of the building’s operations were never a concern. Rather, when space became available at the facility, the organization began discussing ways to fill it.
“We’re carrying on as normal now,” Dawe explained. “We’re full speed ahead with a busy summer season.”
The Cupids Legacy Centre has been a popular tourist attraction, located in the oldest English settlement in Canada since it opened in 2010. Contrary to the rumours, the success has not hindered operations, and Dawe confirmed this year is no different than any other.
“We’re hoping with good marketing now this summer and good visitation, we should be able to have a normal season,” he said.
Along with that rumour came the idea that the interpretation centre was going to close its doors. Dawe also refuted that claim.
“The Legacy Centre was never in ( financial) difficulty or in the process of shutting down its operations,” he stated.
To cater to the thousands of visitors each year, the Legacy Centre tries to keep its displays fresh and up-to-date. That is something that Dawe hopes will continue to happen in the coming years.
“We’re hoping to do some tourist attraction enhancements, changing the look of the exhibits,” he said.
Those enhancements are on- going and dependant on support from government agencies for additional funding outside their regular budget.
There are many activities on the horizon, but one that is just starting to take hold is planning for Canada’s 150th birthday in 2017.
“We’re hoping to take part in the big Canadian celebrations for (the anniversary of ) confederation,” Dawe said. “We’re planning some good participation in that. That’s strictly on the drawing board. But the centre will certainly partake in that.”
Other activities at the centre include the museum, plantation site and faerie garden. For more, visit http://www.cupidslegacycentre.ca/ or call 528-1610.