Robbinsdale Wants a Pavilion!

March 7, 2012 at 7:17 pm Leave a comment

Showing cities learn nothing from each other, now Robbinsdale wants to build a pavilion! Judging by how little, if ever, the one in Crystal is used, this should be a lovely waste of money! From the Sun Post newspaper;

Hoping to add shelter and a place for entertainment, the city of Robbinsdale is looking to implement a task force to help complete a vision at Crystal Lake. Marcia Glick, Robbinsdale city manager, said the city council would begin to explore ideas for a large pavilion and picnic shelter that will be located on the south side of Crystal Lake.

“There isn’t a picnic shelter there now,” Glick said. “We were planning the whole park redesign and this was one of the ideas that came forward.” The future pavilion will be a place for the Robbinsdale City Band to hold outdoor concerts or for large families and even multiple families to have gatherings while staying covered, Glick said.

Oh yeah, just like the one in Crystal that is used so well and so often!

“It’s going to be a big structure,” she said. “We want to have something that will look really nice. Something with posts and a huge roof. That would be ideal.” The site for the pavilion will be on the south side of Crystal Lake, west of the Little League fields and north of the concession stand.

The vision for the building is an open shelter with a roof. An original concept plan has shown the structure to be 60-feet in diameter. The city council is hoping to raise a portion, if not all, of the cost through donations, which is why they are searching the city for a task force to help.

A task force? It all sounds great to get donations instead of tax dollars, but people are cash-strapped and who will pay for this to be maintained, cleaned, and kept up?

“The task force will be talking about fundraisers and doing fundraisers,” Glick said. “The vision is to get something done and built in a few years and to get the group identified and started.” The task force is open to all interested parties, Glick said. Applications are available at the Robbinsdale City Hall, 4100 Lakeview Ave. N.

Glick said that part of the process of the task force would be to determine what kind of structure will be placed at Crystal Lake and who will produce it. “We had something in early stages, going back five years ago, but we had the idea that we wanted to have a great big shelter,” she said.

A great big shelter? Why is that needed?

With a completed pavilion that will welcome big groups and entertainment, Glick said that it would help the city of Robbinsdale because gatherings are already part of the community norms. “Robbinsdale has all sorts of events that encourage people to be a part of the community,” Glick said. “Having a pavilion will be another step along the way.”

Now doesn’t all that “community involvement” feel good!


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