Work starts on Bear Creek Nature Center pavilion

       Construction started this month on the outdoor pavilion near El Paso County Parks' Bear Creek Nature Center, with completion now hoped for by Nov. 1.
       County crews had put up the steel structure and were roofing the structure this week.
       The facility will be similar in appearance and size to the public pavilions in Bear Creek Park, with a 36-foot-diameter hexagonal roof over a concrete pad, 10 picnic/activity tables, and water and electricity.
       The pavilion, which will be open to rental by schools and other educational entities - or as a hikers' shelter during unrented times - is being built on a flat area beside a park trail a few hundred feet northeast of the Nature Center at 245 Bear Creek Road.
       The $80,000 project is being funded chiefly by a fund-raising campaign by more than 100 center docents, with help from grants.
       Donna Scheeter, the center director, thinks the pavilion is likely to start getting use right away. “A lot of things are going on,” she said. “There are school programs throughout the year, and we'll use it for some of our special events.”
       A grand opening celebration for the pavilion will be held “next spring when the weather gets good,” she added.
       Surrounded by Bear Creek Regional Park, the center is a staffed facility, open Tuesday through Saturday, that provides displays, offices and space for inside programs year-round.

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