In 2008, state parks and local citizens developed a plan to make the park relevant into the next century.They soon realized that Lake Sylvia was primarily used during our summer months. To increase its use during the "off seasons" the park needed some facility that would offer a gathering place with some shelter. This would allow schools, civic groups, reunions, meetings and weddings to take place without concern for the weather. Architect Will Foster has donated his professional skills over the last five years and designed a pavilion with supporting facilities that will truly make Lake Sylvia a prime destination throughout the year. This pavilion is designed to reflect the natural setting of the lake and forest with large log uprights, wooden beams, native wood paneled walls, reflective lighting from the peaks and a surrounding landscaped area. The pavilion will provide a meeting place for up to eighty people. During warmer months it will be open-sided but during the winter movable wall panels will pull out of pockets and create an enclosed area. Central to the building is a tall fireplace that will provide warm fires during evenings and on cold days. A kitchen area at the back of the will provide a food preparation area for functions.
Funding - In the beginning, FOSLS was going to pay for the construction. However, amny requirements put that beyond our reach. We have worked with the state park agency The agency believes the value of this project and the ususual aspect of the community's financial support warrant a state grant. This is a competitive process.
FOSLS and supporters have guaranteed over $200.0000 toward our eventual goal of @250,000. /we are asking for donations in any amount. Any money not needed for construction will be used to upgrade materials in the building (e.g. interior furnishings, outside landscaping, funds for future maintenance)