Boys and Girls Club, which runs the after-school program at Park Middle School, will be getting new, bigger digs.
A 10,000-square-foot addition to the middle school at 855 S. Eighth St. will be used by the club for its after-school and summer programs and will include a third gymnasium, two additional classrooms and a commons area for the school.
The addition will be owned by Lincoln Public Schools and attached to the south side of the main building, but a donation from the Boys and Girls Club will be used to add the commons area and create larger classrooms.
“We were able to expand the scope of the building because of the money,” said LPS Facilities Director Scott Wieskamp.
Boys and Girls Club has run the after-school program at Park since 2009, expanding its program there in 2011 when it closed one at First Presbyterian Church, 840 S. 17th St.
A capital campaign by the organization raised $875,000, and $350,000 will go to the Park addition.
The project will cost about $3 million and is one of the final projects paid for with proceeds from an LPS bond issue passed by voters in 2014.
The addition will be similar to recreation centers attached to schools, including Belmont Elementary and Irving Middle School, in that the space will be used by the school during the school day and by Boys and Girls Club after school and in the summer.
Wieskamp said the goal is to finish the addition early in 2017.
About 1,300 students participate in Lincoln Boys and Girls Club’s after-school and summer programs, said Nick Dean, executive director. A core group of about 250 students there daily includes high school, middle school and grade school students, he said.
Dignitaries from the school district and the Boys and Girls Club broke ground on the addition Monday morning.
“This program just keeps getting better and better all the time,” Dean said.
The program has four full-time staff and more than 100 volunteers each semester, many of them college students.
The remaining money from the capital campaign will be used for program needs as well as equipping the new space and possibly renovating the old space in the school, Dean said.