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Boys and Girls Club plans for new, bigger facility

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The Boys and Girls Club of Campbell County helps parents feel at ease by giving their kids a safe, fun place to go after school.

"It actually accommodates my work schedule.  Which is to me very important, being a single parent," said Mike Salcido, who has a seven year-old son who goes to the club.

But thanks to Gillette's population growth the kids find themselves crammed into a tight space.

"We're in a very small building and if all the members showed up at one time we wouldn't be able to meet the fire code.  As the more people that come in, there's a bigger need," said Boys and Girls Club Board member Karla Brandenburg.

So the club wants to move into a much bigger facility and started a capital campaign to raise the necessary $6.5 million in January.

"We don't have a place for them to do any running, except to go outside.  There's just so many more activities that we could do and so many more kids that we could service," said Brandenburg.

This building that houses nearly 200 kids a day is only 6,400 square feet.  The gymnasium alone in the proposed building takes up 500 square feet more than that.  The almost 33,000 square foot facility is planned for the city of Gillette's proposed field of dreams.

"There'll be baseball fields and soccer fields," said Brandenburg.

Brandenburg expects to raise more than $1 million before fall, because the community and parents are so supportive of the club.

"I think it's a valuable asset to have the Boys and Girls Club in a community like Gillette," said Salcido.

The Boys and Girls Club has more than 600 members and claims the new facility could serve twice that.  The club hopes to break ground for the new building in the spring of 2015.

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