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Pavilion at city park is proposed

A city architectural drawing shows a tentative design for the proposed 34- by 64-foot pavilion and restroom facility in Weitkamp Park. Public Works and Parks Director Tom Zeuli said the architectural style is similar to the pavilion in Prospect Park. He'd like the pavilion's exterior to complement the nearby water utility building at O'Neil and Hanley roads.

Weitkamp Park on the city of Hudson's southeast side may soon get modern restrooms and a picnic pavilion.

The City Council at its Nov. 16 meeting gave permission to the Park Board and Tom Zeuli, director of the Public Works and Parks Department, to solicit proposals from architectural firms on drafting plans for the facility.

Zeuli said in a phone call Monday that his department is in the process of requesting the proposals.

The concept plan approved by the Park Board and the City Council is for a building with a 34- by 64-foot footprint. It would have men's and women's restrooms, a mechanical and storage room, a kitchen counter and sink, and room for 12 picnic tables with seating for a total of 96 people.

Zeuli said the proposal is for a building similar in architectural style to the Prospect Park pavilion, but with exterior masonry to resemble the nearby water utility building at O'Neil and Hanley roads.

The architects are being asked to include plans for winterizing a 34- by 22-foot portion of the building so it can be used as a warming house by children and parents who go sliding on the park's hill.

It's possible that an ice-skating rink could be added to the park in the future, Zeuli said.

The overall budget for the project is $300,000.

Zeuli said construction could begin next May if there is funding for it.

"I hope it goes good. It's a neat design," he said. "We just don't know if we'll have enough money. We'll see how everything works out here."

He's hoping there's money to include a "clearstory" roof section with acrylic windows in the design of the building. The roof windows would add to the pavilion's aesthetic appeal and provide passive lighting of the interior.

Randy Hanson

Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.

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