By SUSAN SCHELL
Pilot Staff Writer
The ceremonial groundbreaking for the Azalea Park concession stands was held Thursday morning behind the band shell.
Members of the Brookings-Harbor Rotary Club, Brookings City Council, Parks and Recreation Commission, Azalea Park Foundation, city staff and other community members gathered in the park for the event.
Mayor Bob Hagbom, Park Commissioner Lorraine Williams, Commissioner Rachelle Schaaf, State Representative Wayne Krieger and Rotary member Don Tilton stood on the site with shovels in hand for the symbolic breaking of ground.
Tilton spearheaded the project and Williams was instrumental in obtaining the grants that made the funding possible.
"This has been a project the park commission has been wanting to do for a long time," said city manager Leroy Blodgett.
"Buzz Hansen (civil engineer) designed the building for free and the Navy Seabees will begin the work Oct. 18 at no charge for much of the labor. The out-of-pocket expense to the city is nothing, the city hasn't put out any cash.
"This is just another example of the community coming together and doing something good. The neat part is that between the park commission, the Azalea Park Foundation, the Seabees and everyone else, nobody cares who gets all the credit."
The 1550 square-foot building will be located between the Azalea Park band shell and the softball fields. It will feature a state-of-the-art concession stand, restrooms accessible for the disabled, dressing rooms for stage performers and a storage room.
Williams pointed out that the project had been a dream made possible by a donation of $30,000 to the Azalea Park Foundation from the Ben B. Cheney Foundation of Tacoma, Wash. and $15,000 from the Collins Foundation of Portland.
The Rotary Club put up $4,000 for the construction of the new building. The individual club members matched that amount, pledging a total of $8,000.
"We're so lucky," said Williams.
"I want to tell the vandals that no matter what they do, we will win. The volunteers are going to win."