For members of the Belmont Community Club, an important task is caring for a community gem that brings them together—the Belmont Community Center.
This special building has been treasured by its residents for many years as a place where local organizations can hold events. The community also uses it for wedding receptions, family reunions, community luncheons, and even exercise classes! Hard work has gone into making the Center not just a building, but a place where life happens and memories are made.
There’s no doubt the Community Center’s roots go deep. The building was originally the parsonage for the Belmont Church, built in the late 1890s. In the 1930s it was abandoned until church and community members tore down the old parsonage in 1952 and used the lumber to build the present day Center. For the current generation of residents, the maintenance of the Center is still very important.
With a POWER UP grant, assistance from GBRA, and donations from community members, the Center was able to undergo a number of renovations–a new foundation, roof, restrooms, and beautiful entry porch, just to name a few. Mike Bond, Belmont Community Club Building Committee Chair, says that he “cannot give the grant enough praise,” and that from the Power UP grant, other means of completing the project followed. It was a large project for a small community, but one that was well worth the time and effort.