Great Plains MakerSpace finds location downtown

Chris Turpin, president of the Great Plains MakerSpace Board of Directors, shows off the space that will temporarily house the local MakerSpace, located in the back of the building that houses the Family Bookhouse, 519 N. Main St., Garden City.

Great Plains MakerSpace, a nonprofit organization working to build a membership-based workshop area for a variety of trades, hobbies and pastimes, has found a home at least temporarily in downtown Garden City.

The MakerSpace will be moving into the back of the building that houses the Family Bookhouse, 519 N. Main St. The building will act as a temporary location while the organization continues to search for a more permanent site.

Tomorrow, Saturday, July 14, Great Plains MakerSpace plans to hold a Cleanup Day to get the building ready. They plan to sort through and box up books, load furniture and other items to be hauled away, and clean the space. The organization also plans to move in some of its equipment.

Organizers say the cleanup will start at 9 a.m. and go throughout the day. They invite anyone interested to come and go as they wish. Enter through the back door of the space, in the alley. Ice water will be provided.

The goals of the MakerSpace project are to provide a workspace and tools for hobbyists, inventors and entrepreneurs in the area; encourage a hands-on, do it yourself spirit; and keep alive traditional skills, like woodworking, quilting, metal working and others in addition to new technologies like 3D printing and robotics.

MakerSpaces have become popular across the country. They provide a creative, do-it-yourself space for people to collaborate, create and invent.