Harvey Convention Center set for upgrades

Published on Tuesday, 11 March 2014 00:00 - Written by Kelly Gooch, kgooch@tylerpaper.com


Visitors and residents can anticipate updates at Harvey Convention Center.

Small improvements are planned for customer convenience, such as converting to touchless fixtures in the restrooms, and putting in new hand dryers there to “go green” and save money on paper towels, said Todd Lestage, parks visitor facilities/administrative manager. Resurfacing work in the parking lot also is planned.

“We are proud to be able to make improvements that will make our customers’ experience more pleasant when using our facilities,” Lestage said via email.

He said the resurfacing work ties in with the city’s street repaving program, and the hope is to do as much of the parking lot as possible within the budget.

The parking lot, which serves Harvey Convention Center, the East Texas State Fairgrounds, the Tyler Municipal Rose Garden Center and Trinity Mother Frances Rose Stadium, has likely not been resurfaced in 10 years, he said.

The estimated cost for upgrading hand dryers and converting to touchless fixtures in restrooms is about $29,000. Lestage said the budget for the parking lot improvements is about $21,000.

The projects will be funded with hotel occupancy tax.

The resurfacing project is expected to take place this summer, while the restroom updates are expected in the next few months.

Susan Travis, assistant vice president of tourism/servicing for the Tyler Convention and Visitors Bureau, said Harvey Convention Center is used for various things, including conventions, quinceañeras, meetings and Mistletoe and Magic, and she believes the improvements will be a good thing.

“I feel like it will be a positive thing for the city and the convention center and hopefully for us (the convention and visitors bureau) being able to send convention groups over there,” Ms. Travis said.