Construction work has started on a long-awaited pavilion atÂ Melton Lake Park.
TheÂ $159,000 pavilionÂ could be used for rowing and community events. TheÂ Oak Ridge City Council awarded a construction contract for it in May.
It’s the second major step in a waterfront development plan approved by City Council in December 2009. The first was the paving of the parking lot at Elza Gate Park.
The proposed hexagonal picnic pavilion could include 2,300 square feet of space, a metal roof, ceiling lighting, and a low stone wall with electrical outlets, the city said in May. There will also be a five-foot sidewalk-like concrete apron around the pavilion.
The prefabricated pavilion is designed to serve as a â€œsignature facilityâ€ setting the theme for future waterfront development. It’s being installed by Rich Construction Co. of Lenoir City.
The aging 20-foot by 40-foot shingled roof structure that was at Melton Lake Park has been torn down.
Funding for the proposed pavilion comes from a $140,000 donation from UT-Battelle, which manages Oak Ridge National Laboratory, and from savings that result from staff turnover in the Oak Ridge Recreation and Parks Department, the city staff said.
The park is used by rowers, runners, walkers, bikers, and families.