TiPridetlePride of Scotts History
In 1987, a group of community-minded Scotts residents banded together as the Pride of Scotts and proceeded to look for ways to improve life in the village of Scotts. They started cleaning the streets, planting flowers, helping those who needed assistance, and asking citizens what improvements they would like to see happen.
In response to repeated comments of how the old Union Hall was missed, plans were drawn up to erect a new community center on the vacant lot where the hall had stood. Pleas went out for donations, and support came rolling in. An additional lot located just north was given to the organization. With better drainage and potential access to the land behind it for parking, the decision was made to build on this new site. Groundbreaking ceremonies were held in the Fall of 1988, with excavation labor donated. The next spring everyone rolled up their sleeves to begin carpentry work, cement work, painting, landscaping, laying floor tile and doing general cleaning. In November of that year, the property behind the site was acquired to be used for parking.
The Pride of Scotts Community Center opened in April 1989 and has been in constant use cost-free by community groups like 4-H, Boy Scouts, Garden Club, Tractor Club, combined churches Halloween party, senior activities, citizens meetings, funeral dinners, etc. The facility has been used as an information forum for voters and a voting precinct. In addition, the building provides a low-cost setting for weddings and wedding receptions, showers, anniversaries, birthday parties, graduation celebrations, alumni parties, community gatherings and other special events.
South County Summer Youth Program has been operated in the center for several years, giving young people a place to do crafts, study nature, play games, and learn socialization skills.
In addition to various fund raising efforts, grants from the Kalamazoo Foundation, Vicksburg Foundation and Gilmore Foundation, plus the efforts of our hard-working volunteers we have continued to upgrade and expand our property and services. In 2004 and 2005, many repairs and upgrades were made to the building and grounds. We purchased land adjacent to our property in late 2009 and doubled the size of our parking lot in 2010.