Club wants name on Lancaster’s Smithfield Park building

In this May 2018, file photo, the South Glengarry municipal office at 6 Oak Street in Lancaster, Ont. (Newswatch Group/Bill Kingston, File)

LANCASTER – A South Glengarry service club wants to have some name recognition on the new recreational building in Smithfield Park.

Lancaster Optimist Club President Anne Donkers told South Glengarry council Monday night the club has raised thousands for local projects and schools and would like its name on the structure.

“We really felt that we wanted some place of substantial size to put our name to,” Donkers said.

She added that they would “still recognize it as a community building, not just our building as such.”

Donkers says they still have fundraising plans for future ideas in Smithfield Park, such as basketball nets and a bandshell or bandstand.

All of council were receptive to the idea.

A report will be coming back in the new year to a council meeting.

The construction contract for the 720 square foot building at the end of MacDonald Street was awarded in February. The construction and servicing cost nearly $400,000.

The Optimist Club of Lancaster has been around since 1986.