Pigeon Forge Boys and Girls Club raising millions for new buildi

Pigeon Forge Boys and Girls Club raising millions for new building

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A staff member participates in a dancing game with members of the Boys and Girls Club in Pigeon Forge. A staff member participates in a dancing game with members of the Boys and Girls Club in Pigeon Forge.
"We've been working to find a piece of land to build a building so kids could have a place of their own that we designed and built for those 14 years," said Mark Ross, Chief Professional Officer for the Boys and Girls Club. "We've been working to find a piece of land to build a building so kids could have a place of their own that we designed and built for those 14 years," said Mark Ross, Chief Professional Officer for the Boys and Girls Club.
Looking at it now, it might be hard to imagine that a parking lot could soon be a 15,000 square foot building will be the new home of the Boys and Girls Club in Pigeon Forge. Looking at it now, it might be hard to imagine that a parking lot could soon be a 15,000 square foot building will be the new home of the Boys and Girls Club in Pigeon Forge.
By WHITNEY GOOD
6 News Reporter

PIGEON FORGE (WATE) - A local group aimed at helping kids is now in need of some help themselves.

The Pigeon Forge branch of the Boys and Girls Club is working to build a new space for the program, but they need $2 million to do so.

Boys and Girls Club leaders say they are quickly outgrowing their current building which they have been in for 14 years.

They have leased a piece of property from the city, but they have to raise that money and build something on the property all within three years.

Looking at it now, it might be hard to imagine that a parking lot could soon be a 15,000 square foot building will be the new home of the Boys and Girls Club in Pigeon Forge.

"We've been working to find a piece of land to build a building so kids could have a place of their own that we designed and built for those 14 years," said Mark Ross, Chief Professional Officer for the Boys and Girls Club.

The program is currently housed beside City Hall, but they have outgrown it.

With only one classroom space, they even had to turn the locker room into an art room.

"Our biggest limit is just space because we have new kids signing up every day that need somewhere to be after school or in the summer," said Pigeon Forge Branch Director Monika Galarneau.

After more than a decade of searching the city offered them land that was the parking lot for the former city park.

"We have looked and looked. We've explored probably 50 properties over the last 15 years," said Ross.

The Boys and Girls Club jumped, signing an agreement that they would be able to raise nearly $2 million and build within three years.

"I think just having the extra room and then having the resource of being close to the community center so we can partner with the city a little bit and pool our resources to serve the community as a whole, and the families and kids that live here," said Galarneau.

That pooling of resources will give kids in Pigeon Forge more options for activities.

"Our community and Pigeon Forge especially is one of the most giving communities in the United States, and people really take care of their own here, and we're hoping that like they always have they care about their Boys and Girls Club kids and they want to make sure their dream becomes a reality," said Ross.

The new location is also very close to Pigeon Forge schools, and club leaders say that will make things easier on them because all those kids will not have to be bused in after school.

The Boys and Girls Club plans to start holding several fundraisers in the near future to help raise some of the money needed.

Details of those have not been announced.
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