Grindrod hall nears completion

A community asset will soon open its doors in Grindrod

A community asset will soon open its doors in Grindrod.

Final construction is currently taking place on the new community hall in Grindrod Park.

“We will have the hall to full occupancy status once the siding is up,” said Herman Halvorson, with the Grindrod Recreation Association.

The total cost of the hall construction was about $400,000 and completion was accomplished through donations of $20,000 each from the Southern Interior Development Initiative Trust and the Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition.

“Two philanthropists are also providing $500 each,” said Halvorson.

The association decided in February 2012 to construct a new facility because the previous hall was built in 1905 and was in poor condition.

It’s anticipated the new hall will host a number of events and bookings will be taken soon.

“We’re hearing that there’s a lot of interest from people about the facility,” said Halvorson.

However, while the facility will be operating, about $100,000 is needed for paving.

“We are still looking for community support,” said Halvorson, adding that he has been impressed by the generosity of residents, business and service clubs.

The association will hold a fundraising pancake breakfast at the hall Saturday from 8 to 10:30 a.m.

To support the fundraising campaign, call Halvorson at 250-838-7407 or Lindsay Kibbe at 250-838-6096.