COMMUNITY FIRST: Groundbreaking event held for Lunda Community Center in Black River Falls

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BLACK RIVER FALLS, Wis. (WEAU) -- Construction is about to start on a community center that will house a school district field house, senior center, and the Boys and Girls Club-Jackson County Center.

On Thursday, a groundbreaking event was held for the Lunda Community Center. The 113,000-square-foot facility will be located near the Black River Falls schools on State Highway 54. Carl Holmquist with the Lunda Charitable Trust said the facility will have a three-station gym for the school district, and a single gym for the community. The space for the Boys and Girls Club will replace its current location on Fillmore Street.

"This is a great addition to the City of Black River Falls," said Black River Falls City Administrator Brad Chown. "Thanks to the Lunda family, it's going to offer a beautiful home and a beautiful place for the Boys and Girls Club, a place for our seniors to come and have activities, a fitness center, a pool area, and an all around great community center. Without the Lunda family, this would definitely not be possible in the City of Black River Falls. It's going to attract other people, other businesses to our community."

Holmquist did not have a figure on what the facility will cost, but said that the funding is covered by donations from Lunda, and added that there is no taxpayer cost.

The Lunda Charitable Fund board came up with the idea about three years ago.

"Our board members on the Lunda Community Center board felt the need for a community center that would help the Boys and Girls Club, who are in need of better facilities, help the school of Black River Falls who need a field house," Larry Lunda said. "Seniors, there's a lot of senior housing in this area. They don't have a meeting spot, and this will facilitate a meeting spot for seniors."

Holmquist said the group visited Waunakee, Whitewater, and Fond du Lac to find out what other communities are doing. He said none of them have a facility similar to this one. He also believes there are no other facilities in western Wisconsin similar to it. The facility is expected to open in spring 2016.

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