Norwich Township plans to build a $250,000 pavilion at Weaver Park, 4100 Columbia St.

The park is adjacent to the Franklin County Fairgrounds.

The pavilion would be more than 2,000 square feet and could accommodate about 132 people, according to Jamie Fisher, the Norwich Township administrator.

An attached patio is planned, as well as sidewalks to connect it to the covered bridge and other areas within Weaver Park, Fisher said. The project has not been sent out for bid.

The pavilion would have electrical hookups and LEDs, according to Jeff Nadalin, owner of Janco, a contracting company that designed the pavilion. The township paid $5,875 for Plain City-based Janco to complete a concept plan, Fisher said, but the company that builds it will have flexibility in choosing materials and other decisions that trustees would approve when a contract is awarded.

The pavilion could be rented for receptions and other public uses, she said.

Construction is planned to begin after the close of the Franklin County Fair at the end of July, Fisher said.

After its completion, the township plans to dedicate the pavilion to Hilliard, she said, making the city responsible for its maintenance, insurance and other associated costs.

An agreement would be necessary among Norwich Township, Hilliard and the Hilliard Ohio Historical Society concerning the pavilion's dedication to the city, Fisher said.

An agreement between the city and the historical society also would be necessary after the pavilion is dedicated to the city, she said.

Hilliard law director Tracy Bradford sent the township a draft for the agreement May 1, Fisher said.

Parking for events at the pavilion would be available at the fairgrounds, she said.

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