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Published April 04, 2010, 07:13 PM

Park Board Tries Again To Get Stump Lake Park Pavilion On National Register Of Historic Places

It's 90 years old, and Stump Lake Park Board Members say the Old Settlers' Pavilion should be put on the National Register of Historic Places.

By: Renee Chmiel, WDAZ

It's 90 years old, and Stump Lake Park Board Members say the Old Settlers' Pavilion should be put on the National Register of Historic Places. If it's on the register, the pavilion would get more funding and more publicity. The pavilion was considered for the National Register at the end of January. It was denied a spot, but the Park Board isn't giving up. They've put a second application together, and are now in one of the hardest parts of the process: Waiting.

"The structure of it is unbelievable. Like the rafters up here are four by twelves nailed together!" said Park Board Chairmain Odell Flaagan.

Flaagan says Old Settlers' Pavilion is one of a kind. Now the Park Board is hoping people will see the pavilion as a historical place, as it's trying for the second time to get it listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

"The first time applications very seldom are accepted and they want to do a little more study work on the framework of it," said Flaagan.

Not only would a spot on the Register gain the park notoriety, it would mean help with funding for the pavilion. It costs $30,000 - $35,000 a year to maintain the park, and some of that money is spent on the pavilion's upkeep.

"We redo the floor every three to four years, sand it, and then reseal it, so you can see that's always in good shape," said Flaagan.

As Stump Lake rises, the Park Board is concerned about possibly having to move the pavilion. This would cost more than $250,000 and be a difficult task. But the Board says the pavilion needs to be protected. Flaagan says the pavilion is at a high enough elevation that it probably won't have to be moved because of the rising lake, but if that day ever does come, having it on the historical register would help with that cost.

"I don't know what you'd do if it ever happened to be destroyed. You'd never replace it," said Flaagan.

The Park Board hopes to know whether or not the pavilion will be added to the Register sometime this summer.

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