Construction of a new community hall in Grindrod could come to a halt unless senior government gets involved.
The new hall in Grindrod Park will be at the lock-up stage by mid-November, but with about half of the required $400,000 raised, there is insufficient funds to complete the project.
“It would be nice to have support from the province and the federal government,” said Herman Halvorson, with the Grindrod Recreation Association, who was confident senior help would surface.
“All we have got from them is letters of support but we apparently don’t qualify for any funds. It’s good for the economy in terms of hosting events and it creates a sustainable community.”
Halvorson questions why Grindrod can’t receive assistance when government funds have gone recently to recreational enhancements in Lumby and Vernon.
“In Spallumcheen, there was $125,000 for a birthday party,” he said.
The association decided to construct a new facility because the existing hall was built in 1905 and is in extremely poor condition.
Halvorson says he will continue to lobby MP Colin Mayes and MLA George Abbott for funding.
However, Mayes says the association was warned it wouldn’t be getting any federal cash.
“Our funding was for upgrading existing facilities and they were advised they would be wise to fix up the existing facility,” he said.
There is no other funding right now. Our efforts are limited because of the financial situation.”
Residents have donated money towards the community hall and $30,000 has come from the Enderby Lions Club.
“There has been good local support,” said Halvorson.
“Once the hall is completed, we will put a decorative maple leaf on the wall and it will mention all of the donors.”
Abbott could not be reached for comment.
To support the fundraising campaign, call Halvorson at 250-838-7407 or Lindsay Kibbe at 250-838-6096.