By Kim Ravenda · Edited by Andrea Bosco · Photograph from Boyd Community Center
At first glance, a tile mural at close range appears more random than structured, but take a step back and you will see the art for the unified piece it was created to be. The same is true when looking at a community of individuals working toward a singular cause. This year, the O’Hara Township community will be making a mural of its own on the side of the upcoming Lauri Ann West Community Center, a center that seeks to meet the cultural and recreational needs of area residents. “We’ve broken ground on a huge opportunity to bring the community together,” says Paul McComb, executive director of the Boyd Community Center. “Our new center will not only serve the young and old alike, but it will expand our services and events tremendously, giving everyone in the community a chance to participate.”
In addition to a regulation-sized gym with seating, the Lauri Ann West Community Center will house an elevated indoor walking track, dedicated art and dance studios, a large community space, and a café. Residents of all ages are invited to participate in classes, events, and programs at the community center. “With more than 800 donations from families, friends, and businesses throughout the township, the [Lauri Ann West] Community Center is the direct result of a united effort to enrich lives and strengthen the community,” says Huntington Bank Business Banking Relationship Manager Eddie Vargo. “Our dedication in working with the Community Center stems from our belief that economic vitality starts with the community, and the new Lauri Ann West Community Center promises to be shining example.”
With the purchase of the Welcome Desk naming rights, Huntington Bank is the Center’s “Welcome” partner. While the 34,000-square-foot Community Center will open in late 2015, the Boyd Community Center will remain operational throughout construction.
The Boyd Community Center is supported by contributed income from O’Hara Township, foundations, corporations, and individual supporters, as well as earned revenue generated through programming, rentals, and memberships. The annual Gardenfest & Artist Market, the Celebrate the Center event, and the I Made It! Market are just some of the notable events held by Boyd Community Center.
For more information on the Lauri Ann West Community Center, visit lauriannwestcommunitycenter.org. For more information on Boyd Community Center’s upcoming events or volunteer opportunities, visit boydcommunitycenter.org.