Sayre Park gazebo gets $15,000 overhaul |

Sayre Park gazebo gets $15,000 overhaul

Post Independent Photo/Jim NoelkerMark Stevens, owner of Design Project Inc., works on the gazebo in Sayre Park in Glenwood Springs Wednesday.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” Water and weather put the Sayre Park gazebo on the verge of crumbling.

But thanks to the city and a local construction company, the 20-year-old edifice should stand strong for a long time to come.

“It was getting dangerous; the columns were rotting,” said Al Laurette, interim parks and recreation director for Glenwood Springs.

When Laurette first considered fixing up the gazebo, he figured it would be a quick fix that would cost around $2,000.

But after a bit of exploration into the gazebo’s structural integrity by Mark Stevens of Design Project Inc., more serious damage was discovered. Stevens found that water from the park’s irrigation system, along with 20 years of ever-changing mountain weather, had dangerously rotted the gazebo’s support beams.

“Once we peeled off the trim we found more of the cancer,” Laurette said.

That discovery turned what would have been a simple repair job into a $15,000 rebuild.

Stevens and his assistant Will Barnes started rebuilding the gazebo in December. The project now includes replacement of each of the gazebo’s eight support columns, replacement of its wood stairs and decking with concrete, and sprucing it up.

“The reason it’s taking so long is because we found so much rot,” Stevens said. “Since then, we’ve been doing two columns at a time.”

By replacing two columns at a time, Stevens has been able to keep the roof intact and in place.

As of Wednesday, six of the columns had been replaced. And unlike the wood used in the gazebo’s original construction, the new beams are pressure treated ” a process in which wood is treated with a preservative that helps it repel water and insects.

“The plan is when the ground thaws in the spring, they’ll pour the concrete down,” Stevens said.

He said the last two columns were expected to be removed today.

The gazebo, which was originally paid for by the Glenwood Springs Rotary Club about 20 years ago, is used primarily by Glenwood Springs High School students while they eat lunch, as a lookout post and information center for police during Strawberry Days, for private parties in the park, and was used in 2002 for some Glenwood Springs Summer of Jazz concerts while firefighters were camped in the concerts’ normal location, Two Rivers Park.

Laurette said he’s hoping the gazebo will be used more once it’s fixed up.

“It’ll look nice once it’s done,” he said.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

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