Thursday, October 13, 2011

Neglected Conference House Pavilion Closed

Conference House Park Pavilion
A railing at the pavilion at Conference House Park in Totenville is falling a part (above). The 3,000-square-foot structure, opened in just 2002, has been closed for approximately two months due to neglect. The $ 1.4 million pavilion was built as part of a $14 million plan to unify the historic 225-acre Conference House Park. (Staten Island Advance/Mark Stein)

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The pavilion at Conference House Park is still closed to the public. A chain-link fence wraps around the structure with a sign informing visitors that the location is temporarily off-limits, according to the Staten Island Advance.

Progress appears to be nonexistent at the open-air sight-seeing structure that was closed, following a site inspection in May, but something's going on.

A railing was recently dismantled from the 3,000-square-foot, $1.4 million pavilion. Beer cans, caution tape, chipped paint and debris were all visible.

"It's a shame," said a man who visited the location with his wife last Thursday afternoon. He chose to not give his name.

Last month, the Parks Department, which is responsible for the structure, said the agency was developing a plan for capital improvements to the pavilion.

Yesterday, the agency said the pavilion has not deteriorated further.

"Our Capital team was on site to inspect the structure, and continues to monitor the site," said spokeswoman
Tara Kiernan. "We are currently in the process of developing a scope for the restoration project as well as looking into cost estimates."

The pavilion is the second in Tottenville. For almost 30 years, a white-washed wood pavilion at Conference House Park that was erected in 1935 allowed Islanders to sit and enjoy views of the Raritan Bay.

But in 1963, after years of neglect, the crumbling structure succumbed to fire and was razed.

The current pavilion opened in 2002 as part of a $14 million plan to unify the historic 225-acre Conference House Park.
Read More:

The Staten Island Advance - October 12, 2011 - By Mark D. Stein

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