A brand-new building is coming together at Bear Creek Sports Park, after sewage problems dampened prospects of continuing in the old concessions building.

A brand-new building is coming together at Bear Creek Sports Park, after sewage problems dampened prospects of continuing in the old concessions building.

When sewage problems were discovered in the old structure, Bear Creek Sports Park Board members faced a crucial decision — perform costly repairs on the aging structure or start over with a new one. Board members decided to build a new, centrally-located structure for concessions, storage and restrooms, using volunteer labor to save on construction costs. Area businesses provided donations to further boost the project, said Dusty Wilson, Bear Creek Sports Park board president.

A team of nine volunteers — board members and friends, many whose children play on the fields — installed blue steel roofing panels and worked on the building’s exterior on Saturday, Dec. 5. Under the warm morning sun, the team dug in for their biggest day of construction yet, working to seal the building up for winter interior work. The day’s progress reversed damage inflicted by an early summer storm, which knocked down the trusses, Wilson said.

Wilson said he was grateful for the outpouring of construction assistance and donations throughout the community, including concrete from Mark Twain Redi-Mix, concession stand cabinets from Prestige Realty, rock from Central Stone, and various construction materials from Homestore.

Donations are still needed for the heating and air-conditioning components in the building. Also, the board hopes to connect the fields with concrete sidewalks and expand parking in the future, Wilson said.

The construction process trudged along at times, but Wilson said he felt excited about a dry, modern facility scheduled to be open in the spring.

“It’s been slow, but I couldn’t do it without these guys and the help from donations and all those things,” Wilson said.

For more information on the project or how to help out, please call Wilson at (573)231-2744 or Park Manager Ed Givan at (573)719-6168.

Reach reporter Trevor McDonald at trevor.mcdonald@courierpost.com.