One of Drumheller's busiest buildings will be holding an anniversary next week.
On Monday, March 13 the Badlands Community Facility will turn five years old.
"In Drumheller style we're going to celebrate the birthday with cake, coffee, goodies and we're going to do that at noon, so we welcome all the community out to come join us, say hi and have a piece of birthday cake," explained Darren Goldthorpe, Manager of Recreation, Arts and Culture.
In the past five years the facility has hosted numerous weddings and funerals as well as several large conferences, including the Alberta Association of Recreation Personnel conference which brought in nearly 400 people from across the province.
The decision to build a facility dates back as early as 2007/2008 following a plebiscite and census to gauge interest from the community in the construction of a conference centre, gym and library. Dirt work and landscaping of the former John Anderson Park started in 2010 with building construction commencing in 2011. The first public event, a volunteer fair, was held in early 2012 and the official grand opening was organized in July of 2012.
It's a phenomenal facility for a community this size and we should all be very proud of it," said Goldthorpe. "Our members are the people we really appreciate in here."
Monday will also kick start the facility's Membership Appreciation Week. Activities and giveaways are expected throughout the week for members of the BCF.