Blaine groups fundraise for Blaine Pavilion

Published on Wed, Mar 6, 2013
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A contingent of community groups have gathered together and started raising funds for a new covered pavilion that will be attached to the Blaine Community Center. 

Speaking February 5 at the Blaine Chamber of Commerce monthly lunch, Mike Kent of Windermere Real Estate presented an
 overview of the 80'x50' outdoor project. Susie Landsem described the design and Pamela Jons of the Whatcom Community Foundation followed up with a report on the fundraising efforts so far.

Last year longtime Blaine businessman Mel Hollinger kickstarted the project with a donation of $25,000. The North Whatcom Rotary Club has since matched that amount. With those and other donations through the year, the project has raised 40 percent of its goal according to Mauri Ingram, CEO of the Whatcom Community Foundation.

Officials and staff from the city of Blaine, the Blaine senior center and Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County announced in early 2012 plans to raise approximately $250,000 to build an open-air pavilion on the east side of the Blaine community center, which houses the senior center and Boys & Girls Club. 

The pavilion will be built parallel to 8th Street and will consist of an exposed wood frame with a translucent roof made of plastic. The space underneath will be large enough to play basketball in and will be open to community groups wishing to hold parties or other events, architect Susie Landsem said.

The pavilion will have separate bathrooms, sides that can be lowered during inclement weather and lighting and heating systems. 

City staff in cooperation with representatives from the senior center and Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County has been working on the design of the pavilion for the past six months, but the basic idea has been in existence for a few years. 

Bellingham-based architects Douglas and Susie Landsem designed the pavilion pro bono. Once the money is raised, the construction project is expected to take six months. 

The pavilion will provide a covered and weather-protected outdoor area for many types of events year-round, and could house everything from farmer’s markets to community picnics and parties. 

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