Town of Kenbridge officials will host an open house at the Kenbridge Recreation Center to allow members of the community to see first-hand the renovations that have taken place over the past year.
The open house will take place on February 12 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
“We want to show the work that so many people have donated and helped bring to fruition,” Kenbridge City Manager Tony Matthews said in an email announcement. “We are so happy for the gymnasium and for the citizens of Kenbridge. It looks so good inside; you have to come and see it for yourself.
During the open house, visitors can tour the renovation center to see the upgrades and learn more about future plans.
Matthew said the event will also host several vendors.
In addition to the open house, there will be a silent auction of items, the proceeds of which will go towards further work needed.
It has been over a year since a group of volunteers opened a GoFundMe account with a passion for improving the community of Kenbridge and its recreation center.
The committee hopes to raise $20,000 through the GoFundMe account.
In a November 2020 interview, Kenbridge Vice Mayor Wanda Morrison said the recreation center is located at 533 E. Fifth Avenue was due for renovation.
“The gymnasium is an old building that was built in the 1950s,” Morrison said. “There has not been enough use of the financial income to pay for the maintenance of the building over the years.”
As of Tuesday, Feb. 1, the committee had $3,220 with its GoFundMe account.
“We’re looking for enough money to do a full-scale renovation,” Morrison said. “We want to have a place for seniors, children and everyone in between to have a place they can use for events and activities.”
Morrison said things like painting, heating and air system upgrades, floor refinishing/cleaning, window replacements, lighting updates, bathrooms bathrooms and general work to install shelving for storage should be done.
Having a place where community members can join for events and activities isn’t the only reason the group hopes to renovate the center.
There is history.
“Kenbridge Recreation Center, also known as Kenbridge Gym, is part of Kenbridge history,” Morrison said. “It’s the only free-standing gymnasium in the area that’s not part of a school. It is a community place for all members of the community.
Donations can be made through the Kenbridge Recreation Center GoFundMe page at https://gf.me/u/y7mzfg.