Boys & Girls Club opening soon

Completion is on the horizon. It may be a little more than 90 days behind the expected date, but the end is finally in sight. Construction on the Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club started around February of this year and the keys to the building will be received Monday, according to Maj. Orville Chambless. “We are real excited about the possibilities, not only to expand the programs we have now, but also for the ability to offer new programs to the community,” Chambless said. Once the keys have been received, equipment can start being moved into the newly constructed facility, located at 811 W. Fifth St. Soon after, activity inside the building can start taking place. According to Chambless, youth will be able to be in the building after the first of the year. However, the open house and rededication won't take place until mid-February.“At this point we have the old equipment, such as a foosball table, pool table and other items, but we would like to be able to bring in some new equipment to go with the new building,” Chambless said. The finishing touches, the sign and the parking lot are all that is left before the building can be considered complete. Because of the recent rain and snow, the asphalt for the parking lot has yet to be poured. “We really appreciate all the work from Lee George Construction and the architect, Parkhill, Smith and Cooper, Chambless said. Once the building is completed and the equipment has been moved in, Chambless said there are hopes of forming partnerships with the city recreation department as well as the YMCA and other local organizations such as the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts. “We aren't competing against the YMCA, but instead we are hoping to be able to maximize the greatest number of young people that we can reach by forming these partnerships,” Chambless said. To find out more information or to donate to the new Boys and Girls Club facility, call 267-8239.