Launch of the Mentor Springbrook Gardens Park Pavilion project
September 1—The Town of Mentor continues to add to its already extensive list of parks to provide various outdoor activities for the public.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held August 31 at Springbrook Gardens Park, 6776 Heisley Road, as work begins on a new 4,400 square foot all-weather pavilion.
Members of the Mentor City Council, administration and other local elected officials were on hand to mark the occasion.
The pavilion is being built at a cost of $1.8 million and will contain a heated kitchen, indoor/outdoor washrooms and a larger multipurpose area. Other amenities will include a wood-burning fireplace and an outdoor seating area with a pergola. The project is managed by Zerbe Construction.
In 2015, Mentor purchased the 53-acre Springbrook Gardens nursery from the Schultz family for $2.5 million to preserve the space and create a primarily passive-use park.
Since then, approximately $7.3 million has been invested in the city’s newest park for improvements that include re-grading and soil enrichment of the entire property, planting native flora, pond expansion, construction of a boardwalk and 1.7 miles of paved multi-use trails. , as well as the restoration of a channeled stream that crosses the property.
A playground is also under construction. The work should be completed by the end of the year.
“We really wanted to let the park take its own natural course, do its own thing and not come here and explode into a full-fledged recreation center,” City Council Speaker Matthew Donovan said. “We wanted to preserve the natural space of the park. This new building will be absolutely fantastic.”
With over 1,200 acres of parkland, Mentor offers amenities ranging from pools and water spray parks, playgrounds and award-winning ball diamonds, to the 450-acre Mentor Lagoons Nature Preserve.