The Black Canyon Boys & Girls Club announced plans for a roughly $3.2 million facility Friday evening during a New York-themed sponsors dinner, ahead of the group’s 16th annual Wine and Food Festival slated for today at the Bridges Golf and Country Club.
The club Friday night also announced the launch of a capital campaign for the proposed project.
Bob Tesch, a former board member for the club and a current supporter, made the announcement.
“It’s not just going to be a permanent home,” Tesch said. “It’s going to be an icon, I hope, for safety, stability, growth and opportunity.”
The plans for the facility show some 20,000 square-feet of space for activities, programs and more for Boys & Girls Club members. The new facility would include space designed specifically for teens in middle and high school, a full-sized gym, a large open grass area for recreation, a 42-car parking lot, a kitchen for cooking classes and programs and more.
The club, with an increasing number of kids, has outgrown its current space at 2900 Sunnyside Road; there’s a waitlist just to be accepted into the club, Tesch told donors and sponsors Friday. On top of that, the club has moved six times in the past 19 years, he said.
Before the announcement Friday, the club had already secured around $270,000 total, $115,000 in pledged matching funds from donors, Taylor said. A donor Friday night brought the number of matched donations to $165,000.
The club, Taylor said, hopes to fund the project with grants (the club believes it could earn about $1 million), local fundraising (the goal is another $1 million) and USDA loans to fund the rest.
“We need the whole community to make this happen,” Tesch said.
Justin Tubbs is the managing editor of the Montrose Daily Press.