CITY OF TONAWANDA, N.Y. - There's a new use for one of the City of Tonawanda's treasures along the Niagara River waterfront.
The Pavilion is located in Niawanda Park on the popular mile-long Riverwalk, where more than a half million people a year stroll, bike and jog. And now, there's a new purpose for this destination.
The project was part of Mayor Ron Polozzi's promise to improve the parks system in the city and offer a unique opportunity for residents to enjoy the beautiful views for both elegant and business occasions, and not just picnics.
"Probably the most unique feature of the pavilion is the fact that its right at river level," said Ron Polozzi, City of Tonawanda Mayor. "It's got all the accoutrements that you could want. It's got all kinds of commercial appliances in the kitchen.
The pavilion is run by the city but anyone or even a local restaurant is welcome to book it for an event. The fees are modest and will be used to cover maintenance and the city's share of the building cost.
But most of it-- over 900-thousand dollars-- came from Niagara River Greenway funding. There are also display cases which will be used to showcase river inhabitants and educate both old and young about local ecology.
The Pavilion officially opens at the end of the March.
Anyone interested in booking the Pavilion can call the City of Tonawanda Mayor's Office at 695-8645.