As you can see from the photos, Toledo is truly undergoing a major facelift in the downtown and waterfront areas. Toledo Public Works is finishing up rebuilding the South Main at Butler Bridge Road intersection. Plenty of room to maneuver.
In front of Pig Feathers, they’re planning a new crosswalk that people can use as the “official” walking link between downtown and the waterfront.
Once you’re west of Butler Bridge Road you immediately see the new restrooms. No more porta-potties, except, perhaps, during really big events. The pavilion is taking shape. Crews were giving the recently poured concrete floors a “paver” look. They’ll be pouring concrete again Friday.
Next you’ll notice how they’ve removed the grassy mounds that used to separate the pavilion and points west. That’s all been flattened and will be hydro-seeded very soon, and should be ready by the time the Wooden Boat Show arrives in August.
The pavilion will have a small entertainment amphitheater, performers either facing outward toward a green mound to the east, or facing in toward the building with seating within the pavilion. There is also a food service area which will be equipped with a microwave, refrigerator and some sinks. Technically it’s not a kitchen. It’s being called a food service area where groups can come in with their already prepared food and lay it out for serving.
Toledo Port Manager Bud Shoemake says they hope to cut the Grand Opening ribbon on the Port of Toledo’s Waterfront Park and Pavilion in time for this year’s Summerfest Celebration on July 28th, 3pm.
The pavilion project was funded by Oregon State Parks to the tune of $206,000 (docks not included). Also during the ribbon cutting, port officials will debut metal sculptor Sam Briseno’s wind vane that will adorn the top of the pavilion. Above the base will be a stunning metal replica of an osprey, facing into the direction of the breeze.
The nearly installed transient docks are aimed at alluring the boating public to stop in at the Toledo Waterfront, tie up their boats (day and early evening use is free) and catch a beer and a pulled pork sandwich at Pig Feathers and the Twisted Snout, along with a variety of quality art galleries, gift shops and other retail stores up and down Main Street.