Unveiling Additional Revenue

Inside the pavilion, picnic tables and waste receptacles must be maintained. Amenities such as electricity and water are nice, of course, but will increase installation and future maintenance costs.

“Build a large pavilion that has a classic structure and plenty of electrical outlets to increase the usability of (it),” says Hudler. “Larger pavilions can be used by more groups.”

Connecting a nearby parking area to a pavilion with a concrete path makes it more accessible for all guests. Plus, a well-defined path will hopefully keep guests off the surrounding grass.

Landscaping can enhance your pavilion.

Landscaping Ambience

Place trees near the structure, but not too close — limbs and falling leaves will create future problems. Keeping limbs clear of the building also will keep animals off of the roof and insects away from the structure.

In selecting trees, use native species, as non-native and horticulture mutants create plenty of hassles. For inexpensive stock, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Cooperative Extension Service agency or state forestry agency has an annual sale of small saplings. A land-management specialist with the USDA Cooperative Extension or Soil and Water Conservation can help select the best trees for the region and specific location.

To strategically plant trees, consider that conifers planted along the north and northwest side of the pavilion help block the wind and provide a green backdrop. White pines and Norway and blue spruces are excellent selections. Deciduous trees, such as red, sugar, Norway and black maples, red, white and shingle oaks, and sycamores and tulips are effective shade trees. The uniquely patterned and colored bark of sycamores, tulips and oaks will add visual interest to the surroundings.

Keep in mind that saplings may take a few decades to provide shade. Therefore, it might make sense to plant a few mature trees in strategic locations. If cost is an issue, request a donation from a local nursery and in return provide a news release about the donation as well as a plaque at the site.

Rain Gardens

A pavilion with a large, expansive roof can be a problem-child whenever it rains. There are two options to manage the stormwater runoff:

1. Collect it into rain barrels, and use it to irrigate nearby plantings.

2. Divert it into a rain garden. The shallow depression with deep-rooting native plants will absorb, filter, and slow down the runoff before it reaches waterways.

Ohio’s Clermont County Park District partnered with the Clermont County Soil and Water Conservation District to develop a rain garden as a demonstration as well as to solve a problem.

“We had issues with drainage from the sheer amount of water that the roof produced,” says Chris Clingman, director of Clermont County Parks and Recreation. “The rain garden solved those issues, and people can enjoy looking at the purple coneflowers and black-eyed Susan’s.”

To properly create a rain garden, contact your Soil and Water Conservation District land-management specialist for site-specific recommendations.

Pavilion Planning

Before jumping knee-deep into building a pavilion, invite various interested parties, such as maintenance employees, naturalists, event coordinators and administrative staff members, to share their perspectives. Their thoughts will provide valuable insights to the site’s potential.

Tammy York is the owner of LandShark Communications LLC which specializes in media and public relations for outdoor recreation businesses. Her book, 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Cincinnati is available online and in bookstores. You can reach her at tammy@landsharkcommunications.com.

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