Fryer Park is expected to have a 4,000-square-foot pavilion later this year, according to Grove City officials.

Fryer Park is expected to have a 4,000-square-foot pavilion later this year, according to Grove City officials.

Parks and recreation director Kim Conrad said the estimated $350,000 pavilion project is in the final planning stages. The pavilion will sit on the west edge of the lake in the park.

Two local charity organizations have donated a total of $150,000 toward the project, Conrad said.

The Fraternal Order of Eagles Charity Foundation has pledged $100,000 over a four-year period for the project. The foundation currently is in its third year of funding, Conrad said.

The local Rotary Club has pledged $50,000 over five years. That donation is in its second year, Conrad said.

Melissa Albright, Ward 3 councilwoman and member of the Rotary Club, said she was "thrilled" to hear the project will be completed this year.

During her campaign for city council last year, she said she wanted to see a pavilion completed at Fryer Park.

When she learned that the pavilion will have a double-sided fireplace, a dock on the lake, glass garage doors and restrooms, she was overwhelmed.

"That's more than I anticipated," she said.

Kristy Spires, CFO of the Grand Aerie of Fraternal Order of Eagles, said the corporate contribution for the pavilion was "right in keeping with what our mission is."

Spires said the Eagles work with many charities and serving children is one of them. Fryer Park is known nationally for its accommodations for disabled children, she said.

Spires said the donation is part of the Eagles' community service, helping children "and just trying to be good citizens."

Plans for the pavilion involve durable materials. To keep maintenance costs low, the building will have no heating or cooling system, Conrad said.

The building will have glass garage doors that can be opened in the summer; a fireplace can keep parkgoers warm in the colder months.

The pavilion also will have a refrigerator and stovetop for serving food, Conrad said.

The pavilion can hold a maximum of about 150 people, according to a project plans.

Conrad said the pavilion could be used for special events, such as weddings or community organization gatherings.

She said the parks and recreation department has received many requests over the years for an indoor venue in the city for special events.

"And we really feel like this would fill the need for this," Conrad said.