The Maxwell Parks and Recreation District has some work to do to turn their new digs at 64 Oak Street into a fully functioning community center, but the board of directors and auxiliary have already jumped into planning events.
Escrow closed on the Old Stage Lines building in late September, and the board held basketball sign ups and their first public meeting at the facility last week
“We’re officially here,” said President Kyle Miller.
The MPR purchased the building for $20,000 last summer, with plans to provide recreational, educational, and fitness and wellness opportunities for youth, adults and senior citizens.
“It’s a long time coming,” said Director Andre Young. “I’m glad to see it and be a part of it.”
Young said everyone working on the project is excited to get programs and events going, and are excited to not have to rely on the availability of other community facilities.
“It reminds me of the first event we did together,” he said. “We were all over the place, but it’s a good feeling.”
The MPR’s auxiliary committee, a non-profit under the Community Foundation of Colusa County, will be doing all the fundraising for the district, and has started collecting donations to help with minor repairs, including painting.
“We have a wish list, and everything donated can be taken as a tax deduction,” said Samantha Wilkins.
While the group held a yard sale last Saturday inside the building, the proceeds from that are earmarked to get a concession stand up and running.
The first public event held at the community center will be on Halloween, Oct. 31.
MPR will sponsor a coloring contest for all age groups. Kids in school will have coloring pages sent home. Parents of younger kids can pick up pages at the MPRD office. Entries must be submitted by Oct. 15, and all entries will be on display at the community center from 5:30-8 PM on Halloween night, Oct. 31.
The community is encouraged to come by and see the artwork and to trick-or-treat.
The coloring pages are age appropriate and prices will be awarded in four categories.
For more information visit Maxwell Parks and Recreation Auxiliary Committee or Maxwell Park & Recreations District on Facebook.