ASHTABULA — A new pavilion will be built near the intersection of Bridge Street and Morton Drive in the historic Ashtabula Harbor.
The project is the result of a partnership between the Lift Bridge Community Association and the Ashtabula County Civic Development Corporation The LBCA requested funding to create a community gathering space in the form of a permanent pavilion, according to the CDC website.
Although still in the preliminary stage, a pavilion along the riverfront will further enhance the ambiance of the riverfront, said LBCA Chairperson Jennifer Luhta, owner of Halcyon, a Harbor Speakeasy on Bridge Street.
“It’s a way to be able to use the space a little more,” Luhta said. “We want to encourage people to come and enjoy it.”
A pre-existing concrete pad near the transient dock and owned by the Ashtabula Port Authority is the proposed site of the pavilion. The Port Authority granted its permission to build the pavilion on it, she said.
“We hope to show movies to the public and bring in bands to play [when social distancing regulations allow],” Luhta said.
The $50,000 to build the pavilion is part of the CDC’s Campaign 2020 projects to enhance public spaces.
City Council President John Roskovics said the pavilion will be a nice addition to the waterfront.
“I imagine it will get much use between festivals and such,” he said. “It will provide an area for activities and an opportunity for increased events, bringing even more people to use and enjoy that unique space.”
Despite the coronavirus pandemic, most Bridge Street restaurants and shops are seeing near-record traffic at its unique shops and award-winning restaurants, Luhta said.
For the past 12 years, the LBCA has been making improvements to Bridge Street, culminating in 2018 when Bridge Street won the America’s Main Streets contest. Bridge Street bested more than 300 other cities through an online voting campaign to take home the $25,000 prize of the contest, organized by Independent We Stand.