Development of a community gathering place in Grindrod has been given a significant boost.
The Grindrod Recreation Association has received $20,000 from the Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition for a new community hall in Grindrod Park.
“It’s great news,” said Herman Halvorson, with the association.
SIBAC’s goal is to sustain and strengthen communities impacted by pine beetle damage, and director Eugene Foisy believes the Grindrod project fits the mandate.
“The hall will be a great benefit for the community,” said Foisy.
“There are logging companies that want to use the hall for training and the Kamloops Okanagan Dairymen’s Association wants to use the facility.”
The $20,000 is already earmarked.
“It will allow us to order what’s needed for the kitchen — the cabinets and cupboards,” said Halvorson.
The total cost of the hall construction is about $400,000 and $100,000 is still needed to wrap up the work.
“We have grants pending with Western Diversification, the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust and other agencies,” said Halvorson.
Donations from residents, service clubs and businesses are also being sought.
“We are always welcoming support,” said Halvorson.
The association decided to construct a new facility because the existing hall was built in 1905 and is in poor condition.
The association hopes the new hall will become a focal point for community activities and support economic development by hosting special events.
To support the fundraising campaign, call Halvorson at 250-838-7407 or Lindsay Kibbe at 250-838-6096.