Mayor Tom Henry and Al Moll, Director of Parks & Recreation, were joined today by Swinney park users as they dedicated a Japanese-style pavilion at Swinney Park. The new pavilion is based on old photos of Swinney'€™s original Japanese Pavilion built in 1910.

The original Japanese Pavilion was removed from the park in 1966, but is fondly remembered by many residents who frequented Swinney Park in prior years. And because of community interest in Swinney'€™s revitalization, a 2002 Cultural Landscape Report recommended rebuilding this unique structure. Today'€™s new pavilion will serve the needs of families near the baseball diamond and playground in West Swinney.

“The pavilion'€™s distinctive appearance and desirable location are sure to make it a favorite destination for family reunions, picnics and fun activities at Swinney,” said Mayor Henry. “As a gateway park to the City, Swinney provides visitors with an important first impression of Fort Wayne. The pavilion will add to the park'€™s beauty.”

The new Japanese Pavilion is an open-air structure that seats 80 people, with eight 8'€™ tables and a large grill. The structure is lighted at night, and can be rented beginning August 1st. When not rented, it can be used by anyone. Rental prices are: $44 Monday '€“ Thursday, $55 Friday '€“ Sunday and holidays.

“We are so proud of the Swinney renovations made in the last year or so, including the Swinney Tennis Center, the topiary Welcome to Fort Wayne sign, a renovated pond, and now this outstanding pavilion,” said Moll. “We wouldn'€™t have been able to make all these improvements without the financial support and encouragement of our City Council At-Large members.”

Costs for the pavilion totaled $365,830: $284,830 from CEDIT At-Large contributions, $55,000 from the Mayor'€™s CEDIT fund, and $26,000 from the Park bond. The architectural firm of Morrison, Kattman and Menze is responsible for the design and engineering of the pavilion. Construction was completed by Hamilton Hunter Builders.