Kersey Community Center at the Grange
In 2016, the Town of Kersey (Town), with direction from residents, the Mayor and Board of Trustees, updated and adopted the Kersey Comprehensive Plan. The plan includes a goal to "Emphasize the significance of key community places and buildings" and states the Town should "explore grant possibility for restoration of historic buildings."
The Town was recently awarded a grant from Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA) for the purchase and renovation of the Platte Valley Grange No. 455, located at 215 Second Street in Kersey. PDC Energy, Silicon Ranch and the Boettcher Foundation have each donated funds to help the Town's reach it's match.
The Kersey Community Center at the Grange will serve as a Senior Center during the day and a Youth and Family Center in the evening. The Town plans on extending the hours of the Senior Center to accommodate new programming and activities. The Town also plans to create a youth mentoring program to help our young adults figure out the types of careers they may be interested in and learn about the skills they will need to attain them. Additionally this space will be used as a meeting space and available for rentals.
The Platte Valley Grange No. 455 was organized in Kersey on March 23, 1944. According to Wikipedia, "The Grange, officially referred to as The National Grange of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry, is a fraternal organization in the United States that encourages families to band together to promote the economic and political well-being of the community and agriculture."
According to a local paper at the time, (source unknown) the Kersey's Grange Hall was built in 1953, costing $6,000.00 Grange Members traveled to Denver to purchase the cinder block, and to build the roof members, of the Grange dismantled a potato dugout for the two by six boards. That roof will now be replaced, although much of the footprint will remain the same
The Town is currently in the final grant writing stages and plans to fully fund the purchase and renovation through grants and donations.