The ongoing restoration and resurrection movement in Hope is not limited to downtown as the Hope Lions Club officially acquired rights Tuesday to the ancient concession facility once known as the Hope Band Boosters stand.

The ongoing restoration and resurrection movement in Hope is not limited to downtown as the Hope Lions Club officially acquired rights Tuesday to the ancient concession facility once known as the Hope Band Boosters stand.
On Thursday afternoon, Fair Park Director Paul Henley watched as Lions Mark Ross and Doyle Brewer removed the locks from the dusty old structure for several Lions members to take a first look. The building sits almost directly across the street from the Fair Park Coliseum itself, and Henley said that he believed the structure was about 50 years old, if not older.
“There are a lot of things we can do here; it will take some work to get this back in working order, but this is a great opportunity for us,” Ross said.
One of the first orders of business is a new name for the facility, and the clever proposed moniker turned out to be “The Lions Den.”
Ross said Lions would repurpose the structure into a working and functional concession stand, which would initially serve the Watermelon Festival, Southwest District Fair and Hempstead County Fair.
“Later, we can also look at special events and fundraisers,” Ross said.
The Hope Lions Club already has a well-regarded reputation and history of cooking; their local Fish Frys and Chicken Cookings have served everyone from the UA Foundation to downtown’s upcoming Summer in the City as well as local charities.
The building now provides a home within one of Hope’s high traffic venues, Fair Park, especially during the Watermelon Festival and fair season.
The Hope City Board, of which Ross is a member, approved a $150 a year lease for the next five years at its meeting Tuesday night.  The Lions, in turn, will completely restore and refurbish the interior, including electrical work, and make it compliant with current Health Dept. code and regulations for food vendors; the City of Hope also agreed to rehabilitate the roof of the structure as part of the lease.
Ross said the Lions will also be looking to obtain a contract from a national vendor like Coca Cola.
With Ross and Henley for Thursday’s visual inspection were Lions Regional Governor John Collier, Doyle Brewer, and James Griffin.