Over the past six years, the Elk’s Hall has undergone renovations including the roof, foundation, wainscoting, and re-leveling of the floor. The $80,000-floor project was in part possible with the help of a CIF grant from the provincial government, as well as their own fundraising, and volunteer labour.
“The new flooring was completed this summer, and the building looks dramatically different. We wanted to keep it modern and current,” said Secretary, Allan Chase.
The building was built after the 1918 fire, and purchased by the Elk’s in 1921, with the kitchen portion being purchased in 1959. In 1986, the hall portion was expanded backwards, and the bathrooms moved upstairs. According to Exhaulted Ruler, Greg Young, Elk’s provided public bathrooms to the community until the late 60’s or early 70’s. In the 1940’s, there was a dance held every Saturday evening. The building was originally the Mitchell Motors (car dealership) showroom.
Their new upgrades include new round and rectangular tables, new chairs, a new sound system, and projector. Future fundraising will go towards kitchen upgrades. To book the Elk’s Hall for functions including everything from safety meetings to Christmas parties and weddings, you can call Greg Young at 780-853-0147, or Allan Chase at 780-581-0734. There is seating capacity for 370 people, it also has a dance floor to accommodate comfortably 150.
“If only this building could talk; a lot of good memories have happened here,” said Young.