Black Diamond Library Construction Project
Black Diamond Community Digs Groundbreaking
If attendance is any indication, the residents of Black Diamond are excited about their new library. More than 150 people turned out for the Black Diamond groundbreaking late in the afternoon on Monday, October 8.
To celebrate the start of construction for the new 5,000 square foot library, community members, local dignitaries and library staff gathered at the site of the new library, which is located less than one mile from the existing library at 24707 Roberts Drive.
As people took seats, the Thunder Mountain Middle School Wind Ensemble entertained the crowd with a few songs. Children donned kid-sized yellow hard hats and were given small yellow shovels so they could participate in the groundbreaking.
KCLS Director Bill Ptacek facilitated the program, during which Cory Olson, President of the Friends of the Black Diamond Library, Black Diamond Mayor Howard Botts and the architects and contractors expressed their excitement about the library, which is anticipated to be completed in the summer of 2008. Funding for the new $5 million library was budgeted prior to the 2004 Capital Bond, although bond funds will pay for ongoing maintenance and upkeep.When it came time for the ceremonial digging, children with small shovels joined dignitaries with gold shovels and dug into a mound of earth. The crowd enjoyed special refreshments from the Friends of the Black Diamond Library—cookies with a rendering of the new library printed on the frosting. Free book bags and coloring books from the contractor were handed out and a staff member also made colorful balloon animals for children.