The Alachua Lions Club celebrated the groundbreaking for a 70% expansion of the cabin used by local Boy Scout Troop 88 on Friday.
City leaders, Boy Scouts and Lions Club members turned over the first shovels on the site, located across Alachua Lions Club Terrace from City Hall.
Paul Good, president of the Lions Club, said the group began raising funds in 2016 and acknowledged the work of three past presidents who supported and pushed the project forward.
The Boy Scout Troop received its charter in 1912 and a local church sponsored the group to start. In 1931, the Alachua Lions Club took over and has sponsored Troop 88 since, Good said.
The Boy Scouts had an old cabin on the site that burned down in 1983. The current cabin was built the next year. Good said the expansion will, besides giving extra space, make the building ADA compliant and more efficient.