‘An amenity, as opposed to boring stuff’
EAGLE – Eagle County officials are finalizing the details on the soon-to-be built, multi-use pavilion at the Eagle County fairgrounds.The pavilion – designed to host rodeos, dogs shows, 4-H activities and other events – has grown over the last year. It began as a $1.9 million, 24,000-square-foot structure and has grown into a 45,000-square-foot steel building with a price in the $2.9 million range, depending on whether $300,000 is spent on bathrooms and washrooms.The building will stand on what is now a parking lot west of the rodeo arena. Construction is slated to begin in late October and the intent is to have for the building to open by next summer’s county fair and rodeo.
The building will have a capacity of 3,000 people, said Eagle County Facilities Director Jason Hasenberg said. The building was expanded after a citizen committee decided it should be able to host larger events, such as equestrian competitions and rodeo competitions.The pavilion will cost $1.2 million to build without the restrooms. County Engineer Helen Migchelbrink said porta-potties will be used if bathrooms aren’t built, but the Board of County Commissioners has asked designers to try to fund the restrooms. The costs raised questions from Commissioner Arn Menconi, who has consistently opposed the project.
“This started out at $1.9 million. Now it’s $2.7 – $2.8 million, and we haven’t even discussed parking,” he said. “What is this building really going to cost?” Menconi also was concerned there is no budget for fixtures, furniture, and equipment for the pavilion, he said. Commissioner Peter Runyon, a fellow Democrat, said people in the valley will get lost of use out of a bigger pavilion.”This is an amenity, as opposed to just boring stuff,” Runyon said.