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Rotary plans pavilion for Levee Park

This is a rendering of what a pavilion could look like along the riverfront in Hastings.

The Hastings area Rotary is planning to build a public pavilion at Levee Park in downtown Hastings.

The plan, as envisioned, would be a multi-use facility to build on the community's connection with the riverfront by supporting personal and public gatherings at a central public space. Monday evening, the Hastings City Council gave its support of the idea by giving the go-ahead to the Rotary to start fundraising.

The project is estimated to cost a total of $450,000. The Rotary has committed $50,000 and will fundraise the rest. The Rotary also takes full responsibility for the design and construction of the structure. A design was not presented to the council Monday.

The project comes with an aggressive timeline. The Rotary hopes to have construction finished by the fall of 2014. Once the project is complete, it would be turned over into the city's possession and care.

The city has on file a Levee Park master plan, which calls for a public gathering space to be constructed there. The Rotary's plan, the council said, aligns with the city's vision for developing the park into a community destination.

The project will be brought to the city Parks and Recreation Committee to discuss more specifics of the structure.