The Diamond Lakes Regional Visitor Center opened in mid-August, 2010 in a newly remodeled building at 126 Valley in Caddo Valley. Available for visitors are numerous travel brochures on the area, restroom facilities and free coffee and tea.
“At Exit 78 on Scenic Highway 7, we will be able to intercept many guests heading to Hot Springs,” center director Vicki Egleston explained. “And we’ll not only showcase wonderful Clark County and DeGray Lake, but the entire Diamond Lakes region.”
The space was donated by Southern Bancorp, which financed the remodel and equipped it with free wireless Internet access, computer portals and an HD monitor featuring video and special events.
The center was funded by several entities: Clark County; the cities of Amity, Arkadelphia, Caddo Valley and Gurdon; as well as Ouachita Baptist University and Henderson State University. It will be staffed and maintained under the offices of the Arkadelphia Regional Economic Development Alliance (AREDA).
Amity-native Vickie Egleston, center director, will have a knowledgeable staff of employees and volunteers. It will provide restroom facilities, free informational brochures and guidebooks from across the region and state, along with highway maps and free coffee courtesy of area businesses. “As part of our true, Southern hospitality,” Egleston said, “we’ll also have iced tea for our guests!”