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Pavilion VS Shelter House #1: The battle heats up


This news story was published on October 11, 2010.
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Ever since the Mason City Parks and Recreation Board approved the tear-down of Shelter House #1 for the construction of a music pavilion, people are beginning to question the project.|Ever since the Mason City Parks and Recreation Board approved the tear-down of Shelter House #1 for the construction of a music pavilion, people are beginning to question the project.

Citizens have voiced strong concerns in NorthIowaToday.com story comments and blogs, and none have voiced support for the pavilion.

To add to the outcry, some City leaders are coming forward and expressing concern about “a significant decision with little discussion or opportunity for community input.”

Sources are also telling us that Shelter House #1 has been left somewhat in a state of disrepair, and could “pose a safety threat,” thus leading to its swift demolition without community input on the matter. Simply walking up to the shelter and looking at its condition confirms this.

Park Board members Frank Pearson and Carl Grover questioned the space and flood zone of East Park, and voted against the project. The historical value of Shelter House #1 was noted, as was the proximity of the Pavilion to the existing band shell (only a few dozen feet would separate the two structures).

Let’s hope the City Council and Mayor take leadership on this matter and do what is best for Mason City.

If you have an opinion on this matter, please leave a comment below.


Proposed pavillion

Shelter house #1

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