A $20,000 grant from the Foundation to the City of Kirwin will assist with renovation of the Kirwin Community Center.
The Community Center is the only building accessible to all residents in the City of Kirwin that holds more than 40 occupants. It serves as a gathering place for parties, reunions and receptions.
The building has a unique history. It was constructed in 1955 by the Texas Construction Company, a contractor that, at the time, was building the Kirwin Reservoir. The company donated the building to the City upon completion of the reservoir project. From 1966 to 2008, the Eastern Heights School District leased space in the building. The City used the revenue from the lease to maintain the facility.
The school closed in 2008, leaving the building without a tenant and no funds available for upkeep. Yet the need for the facility remains. A reunion of Kirwin High School alumni held this year had 92 attendees. No other facility could host an event of that size.
In April, the City of Kirwin appointed a committee to look at how funds could be raised to renovate the facility. Three events have been held to date and more are planned. The Hansen Foundation trustees recognized this display of community support. Funding from the Foundation will cover more than half of the proposed renovations.
Renovations are primarily planned for the exterior of the building including the roof and new paint for the walls, overhead door and pergola.
For more information on the Kirwin Community Center project, please contact Diane Stockman, City of Kirwin, 785-543-6652.