Boyne City will commemorate the completion of the first two phases of the Veterans Park Pavilion with a ribbon-cutting event this Wednesday.
On Wednesday, June 20th at 11:00 a.m. the City of Boyne City will hold a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the first two phases of the expansion and renovation of its popular Veterans Park Pavilion, at 207 North Lake St.
The Pavilion is located immediately south of the new City Facility building which opened in the summer of 2017.
The process began in 2012 when the Boyne City Main Street program secured a grant through the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) to facilitate a community discussion and develop design concepts for changes to the Pavilion.
Ray Kendra of Environment Architects of Traverse City was hired to conduct and facilitate the formal community visioning and discussions that took place and explored the possibilities of improving, expanding and/or possibly relocating the Pavilion.
The result was a plan to expand and update the existing multi-use facility in its current location while also transforming it to year round operations.
Those plans were developed and fine-tuned while numerous fund raising efforts were taking place. Just after Labor Day 2017 Kroondyk Construction of Boyne City and numerous local subcontractors began work on over $345,000 worth of improvements to this Boyne City landmark.
The resulting two construction phases: renovated the exterior to match the nearby new City Facilities building, significantly increased the under roof open space, insulated the walls and roof, completely renovated and updated the bathrooms including new access from outside the building, and added energy efficient LED lights throughout the building.
Major construction of the project’s first two phases was completed in early May 2017 which allowed the Pavilion for public use and events on Friday, May 4th.
Consistent with the objective of making the Pavilion available for year round use the first of 10 glass paneled overhead doors has been installed to help raise awareness and funds for the next $75,000 round of improvements to be able to enclose the building during inclement weather.
In addition, numerous of pieces of kitchen equipment have been secured to help achieve the further goal of providing a commercial kitchen in the pavilion.
At the ribbon cutting the City looks to recognize all the hard work and contributions by so many people and organizations that have make this greatly improved public facility a reality, ready for use now and for further improvements in the near future.
The improvements made so far build on the Pavilion’s strong foundations in the Boyne City community while setting the stage for even greater improvements and opportunities.