Our History

1937-1995:

  • The Clarksburg Hall

  • Collingwood Township Municipal Offices

  • Canadian Military Museum

 

1997-Today

  • Marsh Street Centre

  • Non Profit Performing Arts and Community Centre

 

 

The Marsh Street Community Centre was originally constructed in 1927 as the Clarksburg Hall replacing the Queen's Hotel which had burned down three years earlier. It had many uses over the next 70 years in addition to being the community hall where many people still remember going to dances and listing to local bands. At one time it was turned into the Collingwood Township municipal offices and library and later became a military museum which closed in the mid-90's when governments stopped funding small museums.

 

In 1997, when The Blue Mountains (the local municipality) no longer used the building, a coalition of arts groups and interested citizens purchased the property with the idea of providing a home for the local theatre troupe and a meeting place for the entire community. They set up a formal board of directors, developed letters' patent, obtained a charitable number as a non-profit organization and opened the building to one and all.  Before a year was out, it became obvious that upgrades were needed to make the building more usable and the board set about raising half a million dollars to renovate. In 2002, they hired an architect and a builder and set about improving the structure over a two year plus period. They added new washrooms, entrances, a wheelchair elevator and storage rooms. There was still much to do when the Centre re-opened in 2004-5.

 

In 2010, the kitchen became the focus of renovations and was completely remodelled and updated with much of the heavy-duty work being done by volunteers. A completely new and impressive water filtration system was added. The Centre now has a beautiful patio out back for the enjoyment of our members, renters and guests. In 2013 with the help of a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the kitchen was even further upgraded with the addition of a professional quality oven with a gas range, fire suppression hood and exhaust system. Current projects underway include upgrades to the fire alarm system, the roof, accessibility upgrades. The office has new computers installed recently, but as with all facilities, a few things still remain to be done, including repairs to the roof, perhaps adding a marquis, as well as upgrading the air conditioning system, computer systems, improving the auditorium acoustics and upgrading the sound and light systems. Maintenance - such as painting and minor repairs - continues through the efforts of a volunteer maintenance committee.Marsh Street Centre continues to hold its own events throughout the year as fundraisers to help with the cost of operations and often specifically for capital improvements.

 

The Marsh Street Centre is truly a unique facility, being one of two in Ontario that is completely owned and operated by the volunteers. The Marsh Street Centre continues to inspire and attract members, volunteers, donors and supporters throughout the community.