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Brant County seeking donors for new community centre

County of BrantBrant County seeking donors for new community centre

The County of Brant launched a fundraising campaign for a new community centre in Paris on Friday, March 8, 2024.

The municipality is seeking contributions equaling one quarter of the expected cost of the project after GTA General Contractors Ltd. was awarded the $1.6 million construction tender late last year.

“By investing in the $400,000 fundraising campaign, you are investing in an inclusive, supportive, and vibrant community that values the contributions and well-being of our entire population,” said David Bailey, Mayor for the County of Brant. “Together, we will build a space where our residents can thrive, connect, and continue to enrich our communities for generations to come. The new community centre will proudly serve all residents and visitors to the County of Brant, as a whole.”

The new building, which will overlook the Grand River, will provide room for indoor and outdoor recreation, social activities, family gatherings, cultural and arts activities and a host of other opportunities to enjoy. The community centre will also be home to the Paris Lawn Bowling Club and the Paris Seniors Club 99.

The community centre will blend with the natural environment and has been designed to a net zero standard, meaning that the facility can produce as much clean energy as it consumes. The single-story building will have approximately 2,055 square feet of total indoor space, including a stunning multi-purpose Great Room with capacity for 60 people, a feature wall memorabilia display case and a sleek kitchenette. In addition, the community centre will include an outdoor covered patio and barbeque space overlooking manicured lawns and eight (8) outdoor cabanas.

The $400,000 fundraising campaign has been launched to help offset the total building costs. The campaign working group is currently seeking major donors and those looking to build up their community.

“In this phase of the campaign, we are looking for supporters who are able to make a significant investment in the community,” said Bailey. “In the coming weeks, I will be making a special announcement about a very generous gift the County is so grateful to have just received.”

There are several naming opportunities that remain available for the new community centre, and we invite those who are interested to contact the Capital Campaign Coordinator to discuss the possibilities.

To learn more, visit www.brant.ca/pariscommunitycentre or call Angee Turnbull, CFRE, Capital Campaign Coordinator at 519-761-1129 or email angee.turnbull@brant.ca

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