This Giving Tuesday, on November 30th, we are asking for your help as we “Refresh the Rec Center” and prepare to re-open our gym!
Our beloved St. Viator Recreation Center, a gathering place for the entire St. Viator community, has had a rough couple of years. It sat empty and mostly unused as the pandemic stretched on, gathering dust and cobwebs as we longed for basketball games, pancake breakfasts, Scout meetings, Winterfest, volleyball tournaments, parish celebrations, and fundraising galas - all the things that bring us together in friendship and faith.
Just as things were returning to “normal”, a water main under the gym floor broke on Father’s Day 2021. The flooding ruined our treasured gym floor, which was originally from the 1950s and had been lovingly and meticulously maintained over all those years. Thus began a months-long process of removal and replacement, extending the closure of the gym and rec center well beyond the pandemic-imposed restrictions. Fall sports and school/parish events were up-ended, and St. Viator students have been doing gym class everywhere but the gym - outside, in the parish hall, and even in the cafeteria.
The good news is that the wait is almost over! Workers are putting the finishing touches on our brand-new gym floor (including a new painted Eagle in the center), while the Athletic Association and parent volunteers are working hard to get the rest of the building in tip-top shape again. The To-Do list includes deep cleaning (kitchens, bathrooms, locker rooms), lots of painting, and installing new flooring in the hallways, lobbies, and meeting rooms. $7,000 covers a complete refresh of the first floor. An additional $11,000 covers a complete refresh of the second floor as well.
Please help us reach our $18,000 goal to Refresh the Rec Center!