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Let’s not jump the gun to remove pavilion





David Rauzi

Out with the old, in with the new? Let’s not jump the gun.

The Soroptimist Pavilion at Grangeville’s Pioneer Park is currently in the crosshairs on whether it has a future at this public facility. This, as regards plans currently under way to build a band shell for public performances. At this point, the preferred shell location would be east of the pool house, in proximity to the existing pavilion. Or at that site, were the pavilion structure to be removed.

What’s this talk of removing the pavilion?

Well, it’s matters of aesthetics and redundancy and clutter.

Would the 31-year-old pavilion complement the style and architecture of the proposed band shell? As the proposed shell is planned to be multi-purpose, would the pavilion be necessary? One of the benefits of Pioneer Park is its large open green spaces, and so let’s keep the structures there to a minimum.

The dialogue is good at this point, as if and when the shell project is fully funded to start construction, we’ll need ideas on how to proceed at the park.

We will say that the pavilion remains in good shape and is a useful structure – for shelter, shade and fully powered — for park users. Definitely people use it for parties, family and organizational gatherings, notably during park events including Border Days, and for special presentations. Would the shell offer as much? That’s what the plan is, but right now we know what we have with the pavilion, and it works very well.

Mayor Bruce Walker has the right idea at this time: Leave the pavilion, and if can be modified to work with the shell, if this doesn’t become redundant, then great. Otherwise, it can be taken down later.


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