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City to host open house 1-3 p.m. Saturday

The Salida Scout Hut reopened May 1. Everyone is invited to celebrate with an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 12.

Following extensive renovations, the Salida Scout Hut in Riverside Park reopened May 1, and the city will celebrate by hosting an open house from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, May 12, at the Scout Hut.

Work on the building began in September 2016 with support from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs, Salida Rotary Club, Salida Sunrise Rotary Club, the Daniels Fund, the city of Salida, the Upper Arkansas Area Council of Governments, and many businesses and community members.

Originally built by the Salida Elks Club in 1949 as a meeting place for the Boy Scouts, the Scout Hut has been a community gathering place ever since. The historic building has been totally upgraded, with new electrical, plumbing, and heating and ventilation system.

The renovation incorporated additional restrooms, a catering kitchen, downstairs meeting rooms, a large deck overlooking the river and other features.