The Oak Ridge City Council will consider awarding a $159,000 contract tonight for the construction of a pavilion that could be used for rowing and community events at Melton Lake Park.
The pavilion would be the second major step in a waterfront development plan approved by Oak Ridge City Council in December 2009. The first was the paving of the parking lot at Elza Gate Park.
The proposed hexagonal picnic pavilion would include 2,300 square feet of space, a metal roof, ceiling lighting, and a low stone wall with electrical outlets. There would also be stone wraps around support posts and a five-foot sidewalk-like concrete apron around the pavilion.
“It will be more attractive and add to the functionality of it,” said Josh Collins, Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks director.
The prefabricated pavilion, designed to serve as a “signature facility” setting the theme for future waterfront development, would be installed by Rich Construction Company of Lenoir City. It would replace the aging 20-foot by 40-foot shingled roof structure that is now at Melton Lake Park.
Construction could be complete in August.
Collins said funding for the proposed pavilion will come from a $140,000 donation from UT-Battelle and from savings that result from staff turnover in the Recreation and Parks Department.