Ribbon cutting marks official opening of new clubhouse

Joseph Brown/ The ItemCommunity leaders gathered together Thursday evening to cut the ribbon and officially open the new clubhouse for the Boys and Girls Club of Walker County. 

It’s now official. 

Community leaders and officials with the Boys & Girls Club of Walker County gathered together Thursday for the official unveiling and ribbon cutting of the new clubhouse.

The $2.5 million youth club, which at 25,000 square feet is nearly double the size of the organization’s borrowed facilities, opened to students in March.

“This is something that this community really needs,” Huntsville Mayor Andy Brauninger said. “The club has grown so much and it’s so great to see a facility like this.”

The new facility is a complete transformation for the near 16-year organization that has split its programs between the MLK Recreation Center and Scott Johnson Elementary School. The limited space only allowed the club to serve a maximum of 250 students. With the new facility, officials now believe they can impact over 400 students monthly within Walker County.

Planning for the new facility began in August 2016 in a partnership with the city of Huntsville and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice to construct a club through a FEMA grant. However, those plans fell through, which forced the organization to go out on their own and start construction in April 2018 to turn the dream into a reality.

The clubhouse, located at 99 Martin Luther King Drive, features a state-of-the-art recreational gymnasium and a game room with a pool table, foosball tables and games, a computer room, an art studio, a library and a tutoring room.