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Updated: 04/03/2014 08:00:02AM

Foundation seeks to restore Smith Brown Gym

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ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.com

"Coach" Richard Bowers, chair of the Smith Brown Community Foundation, envisionsa time when the gym will serve many community functions and programs.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.com

Lindsay Turner, left, and Ashley Coone look over some post-Charley plans that included improvements to the Smith Brown Gym. They are working to restore the gym so it can be available for more community uses.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.com

Forgotten trophies, gathering dust and cobwebs, suggest a time when Smith Brown Gym was a vibrant part of the community. A group of civic leaders are hoping to restore it to continue serving the children and others in the community.

ARCADIAN PHOTO BY SUSAN E. HOFFMAN, shoffman@sun-herald.com
Members of the Smith Brown Community Foundation hope to renovate Smith Brown Gym and make it safe and functional to serve a variety of community uses.

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Standing before the Arcadia City Council recently, the Smith Brown Community Foundation Board of Directors unveiled an ambitious plan to renovate the Smith Brown Gym. The foundation laid out plans to transform the gym into a community facility. In their vision, the renovated gym will be a safe building for organizations to offer services and activities for everyone from youth to seniors.

The renovation plans are the result of the foundation’s yearlong community needs assessment and their past programming in the facility. “There’s such a rich history in this building,” said Richard “Coach” Bowers, who chairs the Smith Brown Community Foundation. “There are so many kids who started out playing and learning in this gym during school, after school, and summers. Many of these kids have become extremely successful adults. We look forward to restoring the gym and providing enrichment services to the youth of today and continuing a tradition of success.”

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