The clubhouse would rest on three concrete strip footings, each being 2 feet wide and 60 feet long (see the plans). Once the location of the footings had been marked, a fellow director used his garden tiller to break up the sod so that excavating would be easier (we would be digging by hand). When the excavating was finished, we began building forms out of treated 2x10's that I had previously hauled to the park from Winnipeg. We would reuse these 2x10's as floor joists after the concrete had cured. We lined the completed forms with steel reinforcement rods and then called for the required inspection. With that behind us, we ordered two loads of concrete from Brokenhead Redi-Mix & Supply Ltd. of Beausejour, Manitoba. I was immensely gratified to see the huge turnout of volunteers who arrived to help with the pouring of the concrete. We had originally planned to hire a contractor to put in these footings for us but later decided that we could do the work ourselves. I and the many other volunteers who helped dig, form and pour these footings ended up saving the corporation almost $3,000!
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