The front of the Fines Creek Community Center gymnasium has been restored to its 1935 glory with a balanced set of two functional flights of exterior concrete stairs. One of the two original sets of exterior steps had collapsed due to the effects of weather and time. A strong community effort enabled the Fines Creek Community Association to rebuild the exterior steps. In July, the mission team of First Baptist Church of Waynesville began the process of tearing out the old concrete that formed those steps. With concrete saw, jack hammer, track hoe and dump truck, the mission team removed concrete chunks. They saved the step’s original vertical side supports made of unique mason-laid stone.
The Fines Creek Community Association began a campaign to fund the new stair. Individuals contributed to the renovation by sponsoring a step. In the fall a local concrete contractor added his support to the endeavor by forming and pouring the new stairway. In January plaques recognizing the donors or their designees were affixed to the step risers.
The project restored the appearance of the old Fines Creek School and improved the safety of the building, providing better access. The community center hosts dances, fundraisers, weddings, and other events in this large historic building.