Ford Foundation Leadership Class presented a more focused view of their proposed musical performance pavilion for Regatta Park, on the west shore of Devil’s Lake. At Monday night’s City Council, councilors said they liked it and gave the group the green light to go into final design.
The project is an outgrowth of the Ford Foundation Leadership class that requires a community project for for their home community. The Lincoln City group picked Regatta Park which they felt could use a bit more activity and artistic contributions to Lincoln City. They wanted to see more music and other artistic expression available for the community at large.
Their original pavilion proposal was rather ambitious. This latest version is down to about 30 feet in length, with a cover and a ramp and power for musical instruments. The group said it surveyed many neighbors in the area and reported they encountered no opposition to the pavilion. However, they were urged to ensure that they talk to ALL the neighbors potentially affected by it.
The group said they have been raising money to get the pavilion built. With the original five thousand dollar grant from the Ford Foundation, more fundraising and yet another grant from the Ford Family, they say they’ll be set.
Monday night’s council blessing still requires a return visit to the council by the group for final review and approval.
They expect to have the pavilion built and ready to be dedicated by mid-to-late October.