The Buck Ridge Community Association is hoping a barn dance fundraiser next weekend will help them get a good start on building a new community hall.
Dave Wall, the president of the Buck Ridge Community Association, which includes people who live on West Fraser Road from Deep Creek Hill to Rudy Johnson Bridge, says the hall that is on the Community Hall grounds now is rat-infested and not structurally sound, and they would like to replace it.
”It’s no longer functional,” he said. “We had a few events there over the past number of years, but it’s a huge job to clean it every time, and it stinks. We’ve looked at repairing it, but structurally, it’s just done. It wasn’t built with longevity in mind. So there’s nothing out there.”
With the community being affected by the long-term West Fraser Road washout and with wildfires affecting this area for the past two years, Wall says there are many benefits to having a new community hall.
”Being the issue with the road, obviously there’s more need for a place for people to get together,” he said. “With wildfires two years in a row, it would be nice to at least have a mustering point or a place if fire crews need a space. There are lots of reasons why it would be nice to have something set up.”
Wall says the community association has decided they’d like to put up a large picnic shelter that could be used as a meeting place, a shelter for community events and even a space for weddings.
“The idea was depending on how much it gets used, we would design it structurally so it could be closed into a regular building in the future if that’s the direction people want to go,” said Wall. “We’re trying to think ahead far enough so we don’t end up in the same situation that we’ve got out there now where we have this unusable building.”
Wall says it would probably cost at least $40,000 to $50,000 to build a new shelter, but that is a very preliminary estimate.
“It doesn’t seem you can do a whole lot of anything without a big price tag,” he said. “We will probably do it in stages if the support is there. “One of our directors came up with this great idea that we should have a fundraiser in town to try to raise some money for putting a building up.”
The Buck Ridge Community Association has been hard at work planning a Barn Dance Dinner and Silent Auction Fundraiser, which will take place Saturday June 1.
Wall says they’re hoping to raise about $10,000 at the event, and he is also looking into securing funding from the Northern Development Initiative Trust.
Another way the Buck Ridge Community Association is raising money is selling the barn board from the old corrals and fences from the old Buck Ridge Rodeo Grounds.
Wall says the boards are basically about a 2×8 board and are eight to 10 feet long. The boards sell for $20.
“It’s old fir board,” he said. “They’re just beautiful.”
If you’re interested in the barn board, contact Wall at firstname.lastname@example.org or call or text 250-983-2468.
The Buck Ridge Community Association’s Barn Dance Dinner and Silent Auction Fundraiser will be held Saturday, June 1 at The Lodge at 1262 Maple Heights Rd. Doors open at 5 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m., and there will be live music by Kordaroy. The event will also feature a silent auction, a 50/50 draw and door prizes.
Admission is $50 per person, and tickets are available at Circle ’S’ Western Wear.