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The new Roy Gillian Welcome Center, located on the Route 52 Causeway, will hold a Grand Opening ceremony on Friday, September 20th, 2013 at 11:30 A.M.

The building of the new Roy Gillian Welcome Center was part of the $396 million New Jersey Department of Transportation rebuilding of the Route 52 bridges and causeway project. It is a replica of the early 20th –century Ocean City Yacht Club that was demolished in 1944.


In addition to being the central hub of information for all that is Ocean City, the Roy Gillian Welcome Center offers an ample amount of parking, access to the pedestrian walkway and one of four fishing piers along the bridge, rest rooms and scenic wrap-around decks on both levels. It is a wonderful new addition for outdoor recreational activities.

Access to the Roy Gillian Welcome Center is available in both directions. Heading toward Ocean City, the center is accessible from the causeway’s eastbound lanes. Coming from Ocean City, the center is accessible by passing the Welcome Center in the westbound lanes and making a U-turn into the fishing pier located midway across.

“The new Roy Gillian Welcome Center, and entire bridge, have become a fabulous new Ocean City recreational facility. We are excited to see so many people enjoying the new facilities and taking advantage of all the outdoor recreational opportunities available because of this project,” says Michele Gillian, Executive Director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce. “We hope everyone will join us in celebrating at the new Welcome Center on Friday, September 20th at 11:30 A.M.”