Big Lake Lions Recreation Center reopens despite earthquake damage
While there is still damage to repair, the Big Lake Lions Recreation Center has reopened for business.
"All three of these water tanks came apart, and moved, and emptied after the earthquake," said Bill Haller, as he pointed out some of the damage at the Big Lake Lions Recreation Center.
Haller, past president of the club, now runs the building and said there was more damage to see.
"All four of the locker rooms, all of the ceiling tiles came out basically," Haller explained.
And there's more: A pipe that connects to the holding tank broke, spilling 17,000 gallons of water. The rink survived the quake, but seven lights did not. Fire alarms work, but not the sprinklers.
"Right now to have people in the building, we have to have an ongoing fire watch. Anytime someone is in the building, we have to have someone watching for fires," Haller said.
It all adds up to a hefty bill.
"We had about $50,000 to $60,000 in damages," Haller estimated.
It's money the Lions Club will have to pay, since it doesn't have earthquake insurance.
The recreation center is home to the Houston Hawks High School hockey team November through March. Players lost two weeks of ice time, but the Lions Club lost something more valuable: income.
"Usually between $4,000 to $5,000 a week for skate rentals, and hockey practices, and all that kind of stuff," Haller said.
The Lions Club also lost about $10,000 due to the cancellation of the annual Big Lake Classic Tournament.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help the center raise money to cover the cost of the damage.
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