Community meeting to consider future of Birch Grove Community Center to be held Feb. 19

A public meeting to discuss the future of the Birch Grove Community Center will held at Birch Grove on February 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Currently the building houses the Birch Grove Community School, a daycare center, the Saplings preschool program, kindergarten, senior programs and lunch, Sawtooth Mountain Clinic, the Lake Superior Youth Hostel, and is a designated emergency shelter.

In the past Birch Grove has hosted exercise classes, karate classes, dance, and any number of businesses have rented space in the facility.

Outdoors there is skating rink, tennis, a wood fired pizza oven, a playground and a greenhouse for the public.

The town of Tofte owns the Birch Grove facility. Funding for all of these programs and activities is always an issue, so ideas to help along these lines will be appreciated, said Tofte Supervisor Paul James.

“We’re looking for people to come and give us their vision of what is important to them. What do they see for the future of Birch Grove? What is the best way to go forward? And we would like to enlist more volunteers, get more people involved,” said James.