Permanent pavilion coming to Grovemont Park
Construction will begin soon on a permanent performance pavilion at Grovemont Park in Swannanoa.
The pavilion will provide a covered stage for community concerts and other events, including the Groovin’ on Grovemont concert series, now 15 years old, as well as Cinema on the Square (an outdoor movie night) and educational and entertainment programming for the families and children of the Swannanoa Valley. Construction should be finished by the end of May.
“The current performance space is an aging wooden stage with a tent that has to be put up and taken down for each event by volunteers,” said George Scott, treasurer of the Swannanoa Community Council. “This will make for an easier burden for volunteers.”
The total budget is about $14,000. The Swannanoa Community Council, a nonprofit organization operating in Swannanoa for more than half a century, has received a $6,000 grant from Buncombe County Park & Recreation to help pay the costs. The council is managing the project, as well as contributing financially to the effort.
Two other Swannanoa-based nonprofits, Friends of the Swannanoa Library and Friends and Neighbors of Swannanoa, have also pledged support. The council has also asked individuals, families, businesses and other organizations in the Swannanoa Valley to contribute. Tax-deductible donations can be made by credit/debit card through the GrovemontPark.org website, or by mailing checks to: Swannanoa Community Council, P.O. Box 1008, Swannanoa, NC.
The Groovin’ on Grovemont concert series at Grovemont Park takes place in July and August each year and historically has hosted live music performers under a temporary tent on an aging wooden platform in Grovemont Park. The performance pavilion will have river rock masonry that matches the historic rock wall that borders the Grovemont Park green space. With its 15-by 24-foot stage, the pavilion is designed to be an aesthetically pleasing structure that will blend into and enhance the existing park.
The architectural design for the structure has been provided by Bill Bauman, a Swannanoa Community Council board member, retired architect/professor and long-time community service volunteer.
The Swannanoa Community Council's mission includes serving the residents of Swannanoa, the Swannanoa Valley, and the larger community. It owns and manages properties in the Grovemont Community of Swannanoa, including Grovemont Park & Playground, and the Historic Grovemont Square green space and the building that houses the Swannanoa Library.
For more about Grovemont Park, the pavilion project or the council, visit GrovemontPark.org, or call (828) 250-6486.