A new outdoor pavilion is under construction at Carver Park and Recreation Center that will expand services for youth groups, center programming, picnics and parties, as well as providing space that can be leased by the public for various events.
“This has been in the plans for Carver for some time,” Jerry Curtis, a Parks and Recreation Department crew supervisor, said Tuesday. “Money is being used that was left over when Carver was built, and the rest is coming from the city’s capital projects fund. The existing pavilion, which is on the other side of the garden, gets used a lot.”
The city’s Public Works Department has laid the 40-foot-by-60-foot foundation, and Parks and Recreation employees were out on a particularly nice day setting the large outer beams with the help of a Sewer and Water Department employee, who worked a crane.
Workers also began installing trusses Tuesday, and that is expected to be followed soon by the roof decking. Curtis said the new pavilion should be complete near the end of November.
Not only will the new pavilion provide needed space, it also will have detached bathrooms just north of the structure.
“This is part of our master plan,” said Herb Greenlee, Carver supervisor. “The center was finished in 2004 and we started operations in 2005. Both pavilions will be rented out, but the new one will be lighted and have water fountains and bathrooms. There are a lot of people that use our facility, so this gives us an area they can use during the weekends when the center is closed.”
Originally established in 1958, Carver Park is a 6-acre neighborhood park. Amenities include two basketball courts, fitness trail, a multi-use court, pavilions, playground and recreation center. The recreation center is equipped with a gymnasium, weight room, library, meeting space, teen room, arts and crafts area and kitchen.
The new pavilion is located near the corner of Jackson Avenue and West Watauga Avenue.
All labor to construct the pavilion is being done in-house by the city, and materials are expected to cost about $24,000, said R.L. Vance, Park Services manager.
“We’ve been able to save thousands and thousands of dollars by working together like this,” Vance said. “This probably would have cost around $70,000 if we’d subcontracted this out.”
It was Parks and Recreation Department workers who demolished and salvaged the old Memorial Stadium, collecting most of the aluminum seating, handrails and other material.
“We’re going to use about 6,000 feet of the aluminum seating for replacement on parks benches throughout the system,” he said.
The city now operates 18 parks, 40 athletic fields, special use facilities, four recreation centers and two swimming pools on more than 1,100 acres.
Carver Park and Recreation Center is located at 322 W. Watauga Ave.
For information, call 461-8830.