After the addition of new playground equipment and the splash park in the last year, there will once again be a lot of activity in Culver's Veterans Memorial Park.
The park will be gaining a new pavilion thanks in large part to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department's Local Government Grant Program, matching funds from the city of Culver Park Fund, an Energy Trust Rebate, as well as many much anticipated volunteer hours. Chris Funk, Culver Public Works director, will be providing the city labor and equipment contributions.
Last March, Donna McCormack, city recorder and manager, submitted a detailed grant to request funds to build the new 30-by-54-foot pavilion, complete with counter and sink and storage area; solar panels to offset the park's electrical needs; an ADA two-spot parking area via a paved drive; and a paved path to a new restroom.
The pavilion will be situated on the eastern end of the park, off of Lakeshore Drive, where the current basketball court is located. The restroom will be situated between the new pavilion and baseball diamond.
After making the first cut of the highly competitive grant, Cindy Dix was asked to create a PowerPoint presentation for Mayor Nancy Diaz, Park Committee Chairman Bart Carpenter and Donna McCormack to make in May in Salem. They must have made quite an impact because on June 30, 2016, the city received notice that they had won the grant.
The total projected cost is $193,460, with the awarded grant amount at $146,000.
The anticipated time for the initial sewer and power work will be in March, possibly even April, depending on when the ground thaws. The city will soon be putting a notice in the Madras Pioneer looking for bids for a contractor for the project. Construction will also begin this spring by expanding the current restroom and covering the pump for the splash park.
The existing pavilion has been used extensively, oftentimes rented for birthday parties, church barbecues, and the like. Its use increased after the splash park was installed. A second pavilion will ensure that the community of Culver and its neighbors in Jefferson County will have a greater chance to use one of the two pavilions for their family, church, or group functions.
Great things are happening in the small community of Culver, and it's due to its generous citizens and their "git 'er done" attitude.