Leaders hope to restore pavilion’s glory

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PAXTON, Ill. (WCIA) — Officials hope an historic structure can be fixed.

They’re working on a plan  to improve the 111-year old pavilion at Pell’s Park. It’s seen better days.

There’s rotting wood on the roof, a hole in the stage and it needs a paint job. But, city leaders want to restore the building to its former glory.

The pavilion was built in 1907 using recycled wood from a church. City council members discussed plans to repair the pavilion earlier this month. Some suggested all the repairs could cost $150,000, but Mayor Bill Ingold doesn’t think it will be that much.

He says he’s been touch with contractors interested in the project. Ingold says his biggest priority is preserving the building’s history.

Ingold couldn’t provide a timeline of when repairs would happen, but he says he wants to do it all at once instead of in stages. Leaders hope to use money from the sale of a city-owned airport to help pay for the project.

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