FVCC Building Trades Students Build Gazebo at Pine Grove Fishing Pond
Robin Street wanted to add a gazebo to the Pine Grove fishing pond so community members who fish there also would have a nice area to picnic. Thanks in part to the building trades program at Flathead Valley Community College, his vision will soon become a reality.
Street donated 13 acres of land from his family’s original homestead to create the pond, which opened last spring and provides a place for families to enjoy the outdoors and try their luck catching one of the rainbow trout it’s stocked with.
During the process of developing the pond, Street enlisted the help of Flathead Valley Community College’s building trades students to build the existing bathrooms, as well as assistance from the heavy equipment operator students to build the access road. Street said the relationship worked so well that it was only natural to ask for the college’s help again this spring in designing and building a gazebo on the property.
“It was the way to go,” said Street. “It’s been a great experience working with the college from the start.”
Not only was he impressed with the quality of work from the students, Street also stressed how much the students’ work has helped financially. He estimates that the building trades program will save the gazebo project nearly $2,500 in labor costs.
“I never would have been able to do all of this without the college—it would have cost so much more to hire any of these jobs out,” he said.
Building Trades Coordinator Greg Waldrop said he is excited that the gazebo project is giving his students a new type of building experience.
“We love it when we get the opportunity to design and build different types of structures,” he said. “It challenges the students to think outside the box and helps hone the skills they will need when they get jobs in the construction field after college. It makes a project even better when we get to provide for the community in the process.”
Waldrop hopes to have the gazebo, which will be located near the existing docks and will be handicap accessible, completed within the next couple weeks.
For more information about the building trades program, contact Waldrop at 249-6584.