"In the spring of 2003, a thunderstorm packing 100-mph winds passed through the park, knocking down over two dozen trees and causing extensive structural damage to the pavilion," park superintendent Dave Jackson said.
He said the insurance company and park department representatives determined the pavilion would be demolished due to health and safety concerns. Jackson said funding from the insurance claim and 1/8-cent sales tax made construction of this new pavilion possible.
"The new 2,000-square-foot pavilion sits proudly on a rolling hill, nestled in native trees, on the same site as the former pavilion. It blends well with the historic character of the park-columns constructed of native stone, vaulted ceiling with tongue and groove wood rafters, and architectural shingles," the superintendent said. The pavilion is equipped with electrical outlets, ceiling fans, picnic tables and an over-sized pedestal grill.
"A new lighted parking area will accommodate 30 vehicles, including two handicap accessible parking spaces. The combined cost for the pavilion, parking lot and other improvements totaled $165,000. The architectural company was ETI Corp. from Memphis, and the contractor was Southeast Building Concepts of Sherwood, Ark." Jackson said.
He said reservations for the pavilion are being taken starting Sept. 1. The rental fee is $20 per hour; $40 per 1/2 day; and $60 per day.
"The pavilion is a handsome addition to Mammoth Spring State Park and is ready to accommodate groups for family gatherings, weddings, reunions and other events and activities," Jackson said.
To reserve the pavilion write the park at: P.O. Box 36, Mammoth Spring, AR 72554 or call 870-625-7364 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.