PARRSBORO - The Hall will soon have access for all.
The Parrsboro Band Association has been successful in obtaining provincial funding for renovations that will make the historic band hall wheelchair-accessible, a key goal for the organization in its campaign to revitalize the King Street venue.
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations informed the association this week that it has been granted $5,700 - 66 per cent of the projected costs to proceed with the addition of an accessible washroom on the main floor of the building and a proper wheelchair ramp for the hall.
"We all agreed that getting people in here was critical," said David Towns, public relations chairman on the association's board of directors. "We know that we have an aging population and we know we have people that have problems walking. Access to the hall for all was really one of our buzz words."
Construction is expected to begin in September, with the plan to be completed in time for the band's annual Oktoberfest celebrations.
(For the full story, see the June 9 issue of The Citizen-Record)