The Flora Community Club’s plan for a new and improved Education Center at Flora Park took another giant step forward today as the group successfully completed their “Growing the Community” capital campaign with a fundraising total of $415,037.
First proposed in June, 2012, the project involves the substantial remodel and expansion of the current 4-H Building and Exhibit Hall to meet several community and county needs, while retaining all current extension uses.
Features of the new space:
- 40-seat, high-tech, classroom space for meetings, educational classes, distance learning, and small-group presentations;
- a large-group (100 seat) conference and meeting space, including improved acoustics, upgraded amenities, and the addition of wireless internet. Space can expand to a 275-seat large group center;
- new space for the Purdue Extension Carroll County Offices;
- updated exhibit space for the Carroll County 4H Fair.
The project serves the community’s long expressed desire to move the Purdue Extension Carroll County Offices to the Fairgrounds to better serve 4H meetings, Extension Homemaker meetings, and provide education programs more efficiently.
Groundbreaking on the project is set for Noon on December 4.
While today’s milestone marked the end of the matching grant from NCHS, the Flora Community Club continues to accept tax deductible donations for above-budget improvements.