By Adam Hall
Special to the Pioneer
The Pavilion, since it was constructed, has always been a well-used, but simple community facility.
This Pavilion expansion project was intended to create a more beautiful, useful and attractive civic space.
The addition of a stage will allow for more people to attend more special events and will work well with things like “Light Up Williston,”the “Peanut Festival” and “National Day of Prayer” among others.
The restrooms make the facility more convenient. People will no longer need to go to city hall from the Pavilion during events, or while just strolling through the park.
They will also be ADA accessible, allowing more people to use them.
There will also be a 160 square foot storage area for things like tables, chairs, and event materials. The lighting and sound system upgrades will make the location an even better venue for more theatrical events.
On the exterior of the building we are adding about 110 feet of façade which will be mostly in red brick, but will also have some stucco insets that can be possibly be used for murals or adding of the city seal.
The clock and carillon system will create a better sense of place by adding sounds to the downtown Williston experience. The carillon will be highly programmable so that we can do things like play Christmas chimes during the holidays. It will also double as a PA system so that we can make announcements during the Peanut Festival.
There are also several architectural elements such as wall sconces, cast iron fencing, and metal trim and gutter work that will really finish the building and make look like the landmark that the CRA was aiming for.
And finally, to top it all off, there will be a dark slate gray metal roof that will not only save the CRA money over time, but will also set an architectural example for the city.
Even with all this said, the structure might not look completely finished until the other park landscape improvements are complete (Heritage Park Phase II Block 2b).
Adam Hall is the planner for the city of Williston.