Members of the Grosse Isle Recreation Club are hoping that the new year will bring some government support to pay for renovations to the local recreation centre.
The centre, built in 1967 and expanded about 18 years later, is in urgent need of a facelift, according to board member Brooke Darragh.
It’s used as the site for meals served to passengers travelling to Grosse Isle on the Prairie Dog Central Railway during the summer months, as well as for socials and family celebrations.
The group’s wish list of improvements includes upgrades to the main floor bathroom and hardwood flooring, new upstairs carpeting and an improved entrance near the bar area. Club officials say the extent of the work done will depend on how much grant money the board receives.
Darragh said the club recently submitted an application for federal funding through the Community Infrastructure Improvement Fund, and is also working on an application for a provincial Community Places Program grant. In both cases, the grants must be matched by money raised by the club. With grants from the rural municipalities of Rosser and Rockwood added to funds raised by the club, about $55,000 is available for the project.
Even if the club’s funding applications are rejected, Darragh said "We’re going ahead with some of the work regardless."
She expects the renovations will be completed within the next year, but the work will be planned to coincide with times when the hall isn’t often used.