A group of community members, some involved with Commitment 2 Community or the Sherwood Trust Community Leadership class of 2012, work with boys from the Jubilee Youth Ranch to paint a large mural on the side of the Housing Authority Gym across the street from Washington Park on Saturday.
Photo by Matthew Zimmerman Banderas.
Renovation project includes mural
The Washington School gym gets a facelift outside and stronger wall panels inside to withstand the rigors of indoor soccer.
WALLA WALLA — A $20,000 renovation project for the Washington School gym kicked off on Saturday with a mural that enlisted the efforts of neighbors and Jubilee Youth Ranch residents.
“It was just an idea we had to get the neighborhood involved,” said Tom Reilly of the 2012 Sherwood Leadership team as 15 volunteers painted a mural of mountains on the southern exterior wall of the gym.
“We also wanted to make the building a little more inviting,” he said.
Last year, local youths started using the gym for indoor youth soccer. But a number of the upper interior wall panels were damaged from the activity.
The $20,000 renovation project will replace all the panels with sturdier siding that can withstand a kicked soccer ball.
The project will also create a conference room where the stage currently is located and renovate the kitchen facility that once served the school children.
The old school is currently used by the Walla Walla Housing Authority.
Work on the renovation project is expected to start in the next few weeks and be complete before soccer season starts this fall.
Alfred Diaz can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 526-8325.