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Ground breaking for park pavilion held

Saturday, June 7, 2003 Posted 9:30 p.m.

Committee Chairman Dean Barth on the left listens as Reverend Harry Sanders gives a talk at the ground breaking ceremony for construction of the Westside Park Pavilion. The 1922 World War 1 plaque from the bandstand sets in the background and will be displayed in the new pavilion.

A ground breaking ceremony for construction of the Westside Park Pavilion was held at 10:00 a.m., Saturday, June 7. Westside Park Pavilion Committee Chairman Dean Barth greeted the 35 attendants to the ceremony. Reverend Dan Gansch-Boythe followed with an opening prayer. American Legion Commander Melvin Matter then lead everyone in reciting the pledge of allegiance in commemorating the pavilion as a war memorial. Mayor Mark Spencer said that the building of the pavilion was made possible through the public sector and the private sector getting together.

Reverend Harry Sanders gave a talk illustrating how perserverance paid off in making the construction of the pavilion possible. Union labor leader Dave McBride told the audience that his union believes in volunteering to help communities in projects such as this.

The ceremony concluded with the breaking of the ground with Chairman Barth wielding the shovel to officially start the construction of the Westside Park Pavilion. Construction of the pavilion is planned to start later this month and the goal is to complete the building by this fall.

For more pictures of the ceremony, click here.