Inclement weather did not stop the party in Bezanson Wednesday night.
A sod turning ceremony was held for the Bezanson Regional Community Cultural Centre.
At one point, the room of roughly 50 people gave a standing ovation.
“We just really feel like this centre is going to be a chance for a new beginning for our community,” said Laura LaValley, Capital Campaign Manager. “The new centre will act as the hub for Bezanson, and we’re looking forward to what it brings.”
They are still $400,000 short of the $4 million they need, but LaValley says they have some ideas.
“Naming rights for the building are $250,000 for 10 years. We’re hoping to secure that over the next eight months, and looking forward to partnering with someone that can help us do that.”
The current structure, originally built in 1949, will see several additions and upgrades made. Construction will begin on Monday, September 25.
“We’ve got to prepare the site. It’s going to go off just to the southside of the building, so we’re going to start there. The new gravel parking lot is going on the westside, and they’re hoping to be completed in eight to 10 months,” said Rick Friesen, Building Committee Chairman.
“It’s going to be an auditorium, a full-size gymnasium. There’s going to be basketball courts, volleyball courts. A new kitchen is going to be there for user groups that want to have banquets and that kind of stuff here,” he added.
Of the $3.6 million already raised, the County of Grande Prairie has contributed $2.19 million, the Government of Alberta $750,000, $25,000 from an Agri-Spirit grant provided by the Farm Credit Corporation and over $500,000 from local businesses.