The Expansion Plan For The Finnish Center at Saima Park
The following is a brief, interim, description of our expansion plan. We will also introduce you to our upcoming fund raising campaign. A full, soon to be completed,
description of the Finnish Center's goals for the planned building will better define our fund raising outreach. The prospective donators will learn of the projects
underlying philosophy, historical background, potential benefits for the local and national Finnish community and our resolve to see the job through. This will be
accomplished by way of a fund raising brochure and, where possible, personal contact. The recent combining (unification) of The Finnish Cultural Center, The
Finnish American club of Saima and The Finnish Ski Club as a single organization, The Finnish Center at Saima Park, provided the impetus for the planned
expansion. The building of a true Finnish Center that will represent and strengthen our traditional ethnic activities and values as well as forming a valuable resource
and historical research facility will be a big challenge and, in the end, a dream come true.
Turning now to the building construction plan. After many false starts a realizable plan has been settled on. We will simply add on to the present meeting hall three
separate additions described here. The showpiece of the project will be the resource library and artifact area which is to be located just to the left of the main
entrance. Careful (tasteful) design of the entrance interface with this addition will set an inspiring tone. As a resource library it will have adequate shelving volume, a
reading area, space for displays and a small office. Computerized tabulation of all reference material is planned. The computers will be located adjacent to the
reading room for all to use. Photographic records including donated and existing historical prints and albums will be available for visitors to view and obtain, through
the curator, digitally copied (scanned) and printed examples for their research as well as nostalgic value. We expect this resource will also be used by people of
many ethnic backgrounds involved in scholarly work related to studying cultures of the world. Access to this facility will be from both the lobby and main hall.
The second addition is a full-width extension of the main building on the side entrance end. This space will provide a long overdue storage and work space for the
many items related to internal activities, such as display stands and frames, ballet equipment, presentation paraphernalia, as well as a small ski waxing
area. New library acquisitions (artifacts) being temporarily staged, sorted and prepared for display will be housed, separately, in this addition as well. A new side entrance will
be incorporated into this addition.
Finally, a third addition, located about midway along the west wall, will house the sports facility. This addition will fill a long time need for a complete, traditional
style, center for our sports programs. The newly developed and expanding night skiing area as well as our weekend racing schedule give further impetus for this
facilities construction. Other skiing program activities include high school championship trials, the local and regional senior games and citizens races. Although cross
country skiing is currently our most successful activity we see a strong reason to reinvigorate the track and field side of our heritage with a return to our Wednesday
evening summer race / training program. The addition will contain changing bench areas,
saunas, showers and some wall space for bulletin boards, information packets and
the like. A small deck is planned which will surround the addition's perimeter.
Details of the fund raising brochure such as the mailing date and ways you can get a copy will appear here soon.
It appears, finally, that the expansion project may soon be underway.
Click on the thumbnail above
to view a larger floor plan drawing
of the new, expanded FCSP.