Community center meets $50,000 match for Windgate grant
The Eureka Springs Community Center
Foundation has come a long way in
just a few years.
Chairwoman Diane Murphy reported
Monday that the foundation has raised
enough money to meet the $50,000
match for the Windgate Charitable Foundation
grant. That means the grant has
brought in $100,000 for the community
center, Murphy said.
“This week, we will submit for the last
$20,000 of the total $50,000,” Murphy
said. “I am so excited about that.”
The money will help the community
center bring on a part-time activities
director, Murphy said, to help develop
programming in the open facilities. The
community center is looking for someone
who has experience with children
“They need to be energetic and creative
and enthusiastic and organized,”
Murphy said. “We have a lot of those
So far, Murphy said, the community
meeting room and the gym have been
“We’ve been so focused on facilities,
because obviously you have to have the
facility ready to do anything,” Murphy
said. “But the whole point of facilities is
to have people use the space.”
She said the activities director will be
vital in determining how the space can
be used, saying a committee will be set
up to help figure out programming at the
“They will start planning activities and
processes and what kind of things we can
host there and how we might block out
time to get it open for people,” Murphy
said. “It’s a huge milestone to get to the
point where we’re going to be able to get
it open and usable for everybody.”
Though only two facilities will be
ready for use, Murphy said there’s a lot
to do in those spaces.
“Whether we’re talking basketball or
walking in an inside space or Zumba or
yoga or various classes and meetings, it
makes a lot of things possible,” Murphy
said. “I hope we can start going down the
path of envisioning what else can happen
Those facilities have already been the
site of big events, including the Chocolate
Festival and a gardening class sponsored
by the University of Arkansas. The Chocolate
Festival brought 700-800 people to
the community center, Murphy said.
“Managing the flow of people is always
a challenge, so I was really happy
for that to have gone so well,” she said.
“It was very exciting to have a big event
The gardening class filled the community
meeting room, Murphy said. She
explained why the class was held at the
community center, saying it was a partnership
with the Carroll County Extension
Office and the University of Arkansas.
That was made possible by a greenhouse
grant from AT&T, Murphy said.
“They went longer than intended, because
there was so much enthusiasm and
a lot of questions,” Murphy said. “I’m
really, really happy with how that went.”
The next class offered at the community
center, Murphy said, will bring University
of Arkansas professors to town.
“It’s more for professional development
for people who are already professional
growers or want to be professional
growers,” Murphy said.
The meeting space is available for
anyone in the community to use, she
said, for a manageable fee. Murphy said
none of this would be possible without
the community supporting the project.
“I want to give a big thank you to everybody
that contributed to the Windgate
grant to get us here, because everybody
who contributed made this happen,”
Murphy said. “It’s huge.”
For more information on the community
center, visit www.EurekaSpringsCommunityCenter.