After the Lander Community Center burned down in 2012... The community lacked a place to hold large events. But come October the new community center will open allowing for weddings, proms, funerals and conventions to have a new home.
“This is where many of us have our first kiss, where we take our dates to prom. This is where we say our vows at our weddings and even sadly this is where we've said goodbyes to a lot of friends,” says Gary Michaud, City of Lander.
Lander residents haven't been able to hold any of these special events at one location for around two years since the old community center built in 1932 burned down.
“For smaller communities like Lander, a community center is not a need or a want, but it's really just a must,” says Michaud
The $5.8 millon project includes a brand new kitchen, great hall, bar, and conference rooms for rent.
“Most everyone who has seen it, loves it and we are looking forward to the grand opening,” says Mayor Wolfe.
Something unique to the Lander Community Center is that it features no stairs making it easily accessible to everyone.
“We want it to be an economic driver for the city of lander, so we can bring big conventions in here. That is why we have made it as large as it is,” says Mayor Wolfe.
Not only does the Center allow the community to have a uniform place to hold events... But it brings Lander a lot of revenue.
“This is money that is going to come right into Lander, it's going to go right into our businesses, create sales and create jobs and help out community out,” says Michaud.
City officials believe the town attracts conventions.
“We feel like Lander is a great central location, we're right in the mountains, we have great places to eat downtown, a brewery and the casino's not too far away,” says Michaud.
And with any large construction project, there are some challenges.
“This is, it's a big building 20,000 square feet and it's a very public project, we had a design committee that design everything, and raising the funds,” says Michaud.
But city official’s stress this project is essential to Lander and residents.
Those who donated to building the Center are honored with their names on gold rocks which will be displayed in the Center. It is scheduled to open on October first.