Written by Devon Boen
For years, the Wolf Point Community Organization has hoped the Fort Peck Tribes would take on the task of building a new community center in Wolf Point, a much-needed resource for the area.
According to Fort Peck Tribes’ operations officer Jackie Weeks, the tribes decided to move forward with the request in November when the tribal executive board approved the project.
Weeks said the project will cost $3 million initially and $60,000 annually.
Weeks explained the current community center, located in the Head Start building in Wolf Point, is too small to serve its intended purpose. The new center will be much larger and offer space for a multitude of events, programs and activities.
Weeks said it will have a large multi-purpose room with a basketball court and a walking track, along with a large conference room, a smaller conference room and four office spaces. She said the conference rooms can be used for meetings or other gatherings and the offices will be used as satellite offices for tribal programs on a part-time basis.
Weeks said the new center would fill a need in the community by providing residents a place to hold social, cultural and recreation events. She also said community members could hold funerals and wakes there, as well.
She explained the community center would not be a drop-in facility and that programs and events would need to be scheduled ahead of time. She also said it was undecided whether using the center would cost any fees and that would be determined before the opening.
The building was designed by Atwood Architecture of Billings. The tribes are using KLJ of Bismarck, N.D., for construction management and chose Sletten Construction as the contractor.
The project is set to be completed by April 2014.