Scout council moves into new facility

       With the completion of the long-awaited building reconstruction, the new home of the Pikes Peak Council of the Boy Scouts of America opened for business last week at 985 W. Fillmore St. Employees are (from left) Jack Spears, Mike Jones and
Roxann Steiner in the Hibbard Memorial Scout Shop inside
the newly reconstructed home of the Pikes Peak Council of the Boy Scouts of America at 985 W. Fillmore St. Originally a Bally’s fitness center, the building interior 
was completely redone.
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       Still moving in and getting organized in the new, larger space, the council leadership has scheduled a public grand opening Sept. 27. After Oct. 1, the community will be allowed to hold meetings in the facility at no charge (as long as groups reserve in advance and understand that scouting events take precedence), according to Wendy Shaw, assistant scout executive. "That will let everyone enjoy the great facility we have here," she said.
       The location is the former Bally's gym, which was given new exterior touches while being gutted inside to make room for staff offices, meeting areas, storage, activity areas, a resource room/museum and the Hibbard Memorial Scout Shop.
       The 14,720-square-foot building also allows some room for future expansion, Shaw pointed out.
       From the parking lot in front, visitors can either go to the public area, including the store, or to the office side of the building in the two-story portion on its east wing.
       Space has been left for a climbing wall and shooting range that are to be added at a later date, she said.
       The meeting areas can be partitioned into four smaller rooms or one big area that can hold 218 people.
       The council represents more than 11,000 Boy Scouts in an eight-county geographical area roughly bounded by Monument, the Kansas border, Pueblo and Hartsel.
       The council headquarters had been on East Uintah Street for many years, but lack of space became an issue. Storage was a particular concern. "At Uintah, we had a quonset hut," Shaw noted.
       She thanked Murphy Constructors, a Westside company which was the Fillmore project contractor, for doing a quality job.
       The building is open Monday through Friday.
       For more information, call 219-2912, or go to the website: pikespeakbsa.org.

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