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Gazebo to become history?
First-grader Walker Beaty has fun on a swing Saturday morning at Riverfront Park thanks to a big push from dad Shawn Beaty. City officials are scheduled to decide the fate of the Riverfront Park gazebo, pictured in background, Tuesday night.
It’s been a year since the gazebo at Riverfront Park was condemned. McMinnville officials will be meeting Tuesday night to discuss its fate.The city Parks and Recreation Committee with members Ben Newman, chair, Steve Harvey and Jimmy Bonner will meet at 5:45 p.m. “I wished I could give you a quote, but I haven’t made up my mind,” said Newman, when asked what he would like to see happen with the structure.The decision to condemn was made by the city’s insurance company due to the unsafe condition of the structure. At that time, city administrator Bill Brock directed McMinnville Parks and Recreation director Scott McCord to remove the stairs to prevent access.Said Brock at the time, “There are only two options: rebuild it or tear it down.”Riverfront Park was established in 1986 in a coordinated effort between the city and community members.