No more puddles for Craig Boys & Girls Club thanks to new roof

Installation of a new roof over the gym of the Boys & Girls Club in Craig began last week and is expected to wrap up Friday. The club has dealt with leaks that filled buckets and left puddles on the gym floor for several years. The City of Craig owns the building, and city council approved the club's proposal for a new roof last month at a total cost of about $50,000.
Courtesy/Justin Jenison

CRAIG — After years of mopping up puddles and emptying buckets of water from an incessantly leaky roof, the Boys & Girls Club of Northwest Colorado in Craig will have a new roof, which is expected to be completed Friday.

“It’s so exciting to not be worried about spills and kids slipping on the gym floor or our seniors that are playing pickleball,” said Executive Director Dana Duran. “This is going to be life-changing for the Boys & Girls Club.”

The club leases the building from the city of Craig and has been trying to get the roof replaced for four years, Duran said, but budget cuts have led the city to postpone many capital projects in recent years.

Craig City Council finally green-lighted the project at its Aug. 8 meeting, when Duran presented a proposal that would have the city pay only 50-percent of the costs, or about $25,000, this year. The Boys & Girls Club will advance the other 50 percent, to be repaid by the city during the next two years.

“The city really felt it needed to live up to our goal to provide a safe place for our kids and senior citizens to recreate,” said Craig City Manager Mike Foreman. “This is our responsibility, and we felt we needed to get it taken care of before we had any incidents or accidents.”

The sum will come out of the general budget through the Parks and Recreation operation and maintenance fund, Foreman said. An old heat exchanger is also being replaced.

The club received two bids and chose Jenison Custom Builders to complete the project.

“The city has provided the club with so much, and we know that times are tough,” Duran said. “It’s gonna be a safe and positive place … and now, we’ll be able to really focus on the kids and the programming and doing what we do best, instead of worrying about the roof.”

Attendance at the Boys & Girls Club is up this year, Duran noted, averaging around 115 children after school and 91 during the summer months, up from 77 last summer. The club is also used by senior citizens four times per week for pickleball and is used by several churches.

Contact Lauren Blair at 970-875-1795 or or follow her on Twitter @LaurenBNews.

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