Tonawanda News — A year’s worth of work on the City of Tonawanda’s new pavilion is almost complete, with the structure set to be finished by the end of this week.
“It’s just a few little items that have to be done now,” City Engineer Jason LaMonaco said. “Some dividers need to go up and the carpeting needs to be installed.”
The carpet will be the last item to be put in and will likely be put in Friday.
In the last few months, a great deal of interior work has been completed — including the installation of plumbing, toilets and air conditioning.
“That is something a lot of pavilions don’t have,” Mayor Ron Pilozzi said. “If we had a summer like we had last summer, you can come in and be in air conditioning.”
The paving and parking lot around the building have also been finished.
“There is a round-about and additional parking,” LaMonaco said. “There are roadways up along both sides of it for drop-offs.”
Once the building is ready to go, a City of Tonawanda medallion will be proudly displayed on the river side of the structure.
Furniture, including chairs and tables, have been ordered and will be shipped in early December.
“They are ready, it’s just a matter of getting them here once we are ready,” LaMonaco said.
The city was waiting on $100,000 grant from the state for the black top and retaining wall, but waiting for the grant distribution approval document would have pushed the completion date back months.
Instead, the city council approved a transfer of $250,000 from Spaulding Park’s budget to the pavilion work, ensuring that the paving could be complete before next summer.
LaMonaco said he is working on using the state’s grant money for another purpose. Potential uses for the funding include landscaping work around the pavilion and a continuation of the ongoing project to stabilize the shoreline and control erosion.