By Valerie Shelton, Editor
After months of construction, the Clovis Botanical Garden’s first permanent structure, the Clovis Community Foundation Pavilion, officially opened March 31 with a celebratory ribbon cutting.
The 1,500 square-foot pavilion, located on the north side of the garden, features a large gazebo-shaped awning above a stamped concrete patio. More than just a shade structure, the pavilion has outlets guests can use for music and lighting to host a variety of events—from birthday parties to weddings. The pavilion can accommodate up to 75 people.
The ribbon cutting ceremony was the first event to be held at the site. Guests enjoyed refreshments and food and were entertained by musician Rene Emilio.
Clovis Botanical Garden president Anne Clemons anticipates more events in the future. Some community members have already reserved the use of the pavilion for upcoming special events.
The idea for the pavilion has been in the works since the garden’s conceptual plan was created in 2009. The income it will provide from being rented out will help with future projects—including a permanent building someday—at the site.
Donations from the Clovis Community Foundation, the Clovis Rotary and other organizations made the construction of the pavilion possible.
“We worked so hard on this for three years and who would think it would take so long,” Clemons said. “Our major boost came when the Clovis Community Foundation decided that they would give us a substantial amount of money so long as we had the building named for them and we felt that was a fair trade. Our other major donor was the Clovis Rotary and we certainly appreciated their donation too. There are a lot of people to thank.”