Bridgeport to build Community Shelter

THE BRIDGEPORT Exempted Village School District and the Bridgeport Rotary Club have partnered together in the construction of Community Shelter.

The 30-foot by 60-foot structure will be located adjacent to Irene Ehni Memorial Softball Field and will encompass nearly 2,000 square foot. It will include a kitchen area, his/her restrooms, and will seat approximately 100 people.

A kickoff celebration was held Thursday afternoon at the site. In attendance were members of the Bridgeport Rotary Club, members of the Bridgeport High School Interact Club and school officials.

“Our big community project this year is the Rotary shelter,” Rotary President D. William Davis said. “The plans have been approved by the state of Ohio and we are in the process of bidding the project out.”

The estimated cost is somewhere around $100,000.

Davis said donations are being accepted, but there are also several fundraisers being held, as well.

“We have several levels of donations available,” Davis added. “We are also selling bricks to help fund the project.”

There are four levels for donors to choose from. The range from Platinum ($7,000 or more); Gold ($5,000-$6,999); Silver ($3,000-$4,999); and Bronze ($1,000-$2,999).

All of the above will be recognized on a dedication placard to be placed at the site.

To submit a donation, send payment to Bridgeport Rotary Club, c/o Bob Weaver, Treasurer, 896 National Road, Bridgeport, OH, 43912.

Bricks are available and will be used in walkways and patio areas surrounding the shelter.

A small paver (4″x8″ up to 3 lines, 20 characters each) is $100. A large paver (8″x8″ up to 6 lines, 20 characters each) is $250. A 16″x16″ granite stone (engraved as space allows) is $750, and a 32″x32″ granite stone (engraved as space allows) is $1,200.

To purchase a brick, please remit to Weaver at the above address.

“This is a major endeavor for our club and we are soliciting the community’s business leaders and residents for donations to help with the cost of construction,” Davis added. “After completion, the facility will be managed by the Bridgeport School District.

“Everyone in the district will have access to its use. It can be used for family events, as well as a concession facility for sporting events at the field, and as an outdoor classroom.”

District superintendent Ted Downing said, “This is a great project. Rotary helped build the softball field and over $50,000 was raised for that construction. They wanted to take it a step further, and this is where we are at.”

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