It's one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Drumheller Valley and it needs a little TLC if that is going to continue to be the case. The World's Largest Dinosaur is due for some work.
"She is 17 years old now so we want to keep our eye on her," stated Shelley Rymal, president of the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce, which operates the attraction in front of its Visitor Information Centre. "We are installing some new fire doors and looking to see if ventilation is required. As always, safety is our highest importance."
"We had a gentleman who's a fire chief from another jurisdiction who came to climb up the dinosaur and he noticed a deficiency in the fire doors and asked us to have them repaired," she explained. "We got in touch with our fire chief here, he recognized an issue as well and we're taking steps to rectify that."
The 25 metre tall Tyrannosaurus saw a recor 127,481 visits in 2016, up 5.2 per cent over the previous year and 22 per cent above the average attendance over the last five years. The visitor Information Centre recorded almost 58,000 visitors.
"We are looking for a little bit of funding to help out with staffing this year and we've applied for grants in order to do that," added Rymal.
The World's Largest Dinosaur Legacy Fund handed out a total of $12,000 to four different community groups last year. The deadline for applications is March 1.
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