Soldiers Memorial Sports Arena Renovation
As part of the Incorporation Legislative Bill, the Town acquired numerous buildings and parcels of land. Soldiers Memorial Sports Arena was one of the buildings. Built in 1942 as part of Camp Butner’s recreational facilities, the arena consists of three full-size basketball courts, two scoreboards, restrooms, and several adjoining meeting rooms. It has a unique structural design, setting it apart from other gymnasiums. The complex truss roof system is designed to prevent collapse from a bomb dropped from a plane. It is said to be one of two original military gymnasiums of its design still standing in the United States. Upon acquisition, the Town of Butner quickly realized the importance of this facility and used its resources to make substantial improvements to improve users’ experiences and make its operation more energy- and cost-efficient.
The Sports Arena was completely renovated in 2009. The gym floor was repaired and refinished while other flooring was replaced. Walls and bleachers were repainted, restrooms were remodeled and new, energy-efficient lighting was installed. Other improvements included new HVAC and fire suppression systems, new backboards and goals, new volleyball nets, scoreboards, and paved parking. The total cost for this renovation was $600,000. The Sports Arena is located at 416 24th Street.
Construction of Town Hall
Locating Town operations to a converted residence, 600 Central Avenue, was intended to be a temporary location until a new Town Hall could be built. Town staff worked with an architect to design the new building. Providing residents with the best service possible was high on the list for this new location. South Granville Water and Sewer Authority (SGWASA) wanted to find a larger location and expand its operations. Town Council and SGWASA worked out an agreement and a floor plan that would be more efficient for SGWASA’s operations and entered into a long term lease as part of the Town Hall design. The agreement and design has allowed for the Town and SGWASA to provide better customer service and helped keep the operation costs as low as possible.
Construction of Butner Athletic Park
The need for an outdoor athletic facility began with the Butner Advisory Council (pre-incorporation). The Advisory Council negotiated with the NC National Guard to use the proposed site for heavy equipment training. The Guard moved a lot of dirt and rocks which paved the way for the new facility. Upon incorporation, the Town had the funds to begin the design process for the new ballpark. The Butner Athletic Park (BAP) was dedicated on September 9, 2013. It consists of four fields: two baseball fields, one softball field and one multipurpose/soccer field. The facility also includes a walking trail, concessions building, restrooms, a meeting room, and playground equipment for all ages. The BAP is the home field for most South Granville Athletic Association (SGAA) ball games and serves as a popular tournament facility drawing teams from across North Carolina and southern Virginia.