Boyne City Veterans Park pavilion project input sought

boyne city veterans park pavilion WEBShare your opinion on the Boyne City Veterans Park pavilion project on the first of a three-day planning session—known as a “charrette”—at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday Dec. 12 at Boyne City Hall.

“Planning the Pavilion,” led by Traverse City firm Environment Architects, will allow members of the public to opine on the proposed plan to turn the pavilion into a year-round facility that could be used by people and organizations—and potentially become the new winter location of the Boyne City Farmers Market.

“The adaptation and reuse of the existing pavilion will be one of the possibilities explored,” stated Boyne City Main Street Manager Hugh Conklin in a Thursday Dec. 5 press release. “A charrette is an intense collaborative process that brings stakeholders together in a series of meetings to solicit input and develop possible design solutions; in this case, the Veterans Park Pavilion.”

Improvements to the pavilion could include expanding and redesigning the structure to possibly include garage door-like walls that could be lowered in cold weather, a heating system, demonstration kitchen, stage and storage area among others.

According to farmers market officials, the year-round aspect of the market has become relatively successful since its inception two years ago when a winter market was added in a temporary location adjacent to the Boyne City Library, filling the available space with up to 24 vendors.

Based on that success, the farmers market committee sponsored a one-evening visioning event in September 2012 to explore ideas for developing a permanent winter market facility.

The participants identified key criteria including proximity to downtown, opportunities for food-related demonstration and a dining area, flexibility for other uses, and possible connections to the city hall complex.

While Conklin said all people with an interest in the matter should attend, they are requested to RSVP by calling Boyne City Hall at 582-6597 or e-mailing mainstreet@boynecity.com to ensure there are plenty of informational materials.

“Following a day of meetings on Dec. 12, there will be an all-day open working session on Friday Dec. 13, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. where members of the Environment Architects team will compile all the information and input they received from the public input meetings and work on preliminary designs for the facility,” Conklin stated. “The work session will be held in Boyne City Hall Auditorium and everyone is invited to stop by and offer comments.”

Planning the Pavilion concludes with the presentation of design concepts for the multi-use facility during an open house from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesday Dec. 17, at the Boyne District Library Community Room.

Boyne City Farmers Market Committee members will serve light refreshments.

If all goes well, the project could be completed by May 31, 2014.

The Veterans Park project is being funded by a grant from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, the Charlevoix County Community Foundation, and funds from Boyne City Main Street and the Boyne City Farmers Market.