Randy Glysch remembers disbelief and tears of joy when he told the Oregon Area Youth Center board members there was a big donor in line to help construct a new facility.
A year-and-a-half later, the building is almost complete, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony scheduled for Thursday, May 30.
The Oregon Community Resource Network will be joined by representatives from the village and the youth center for a ceremony to celebrate the nearly 6,000-square-foot building at 4 p.m. and offer a brief tour before the first kids show up around 4:30, Glysch explained.
OCRN oversaw fundraising for the effort, which netted around $1 million, and Supreme Structures donated its labor to construct the building, just as it did when it built the new food pantry in 2017.
There were some early legal and physical issues at the site involving zoning and soil conditions, but OCRN board member and Supreme Structures president Dan Bertler was able to adapt and keep delays to a minimum.
The new center will have an indoor play area with a pool table and air hockey, a half-court basketball area, a comfortable seating area, a computer lab/conference room and a “warming kitchen.”
Last year, Bertler told the Observer he hopes the youth center will be a place for kids to get some help after school and “just be kids.”
“It’s going to be so much better than anything they’ve ever had.” he predicted.
And next Thursday, the kids will get to see for themselves.