City hears plans for new Ledbetter Park pavilion

Julie Sulak talks to City Council about plans for a pavilion to be built at Ledbetter Park in the future.



By Lindsey Vaculin

General Manager


Ledbetter Park may soon have a new feature for everyone to enjoy.

During the March 6 Cameron City Council meeting, Working For Cameron Foundation directors Julie Sulak and Daniel Willie told council about plans to build a pavilion and the park.

“Daniel, myself and Sam Berry have created a foundation called Working for Cameron,” Sulak said. “We have obtained private funding to build a pavilion at Ledbetter Park. The City owns Ledbetter Park so we need you to grant us permission to move forward.”

Sulak said the structure would be a 40-foot by 60-foot cement slab with I-beams and a roof with a 4-foot walkway all the way around it. It will also have rigging for lighting and sound and an elevated stage.

The proposed location is across the bridge from the American Legion Hut at Ledbetter Park. Sulak said it will be somewhat of an amphitheater and they hope to eventually put some big rocks in for use as tables or seating.

“We have been working on this for quite some time, so we are ready to move forward with the blessing of the city council,” she said. “We have taken bids for the construction of it and pledge to use all local folks for this.”

Sulak said the Chamber will more than likely manage the pavilion and there will be a small fee for the electricity if you should want to rent it for a wedding or other function.

“All the city needs to do is accept the gift and consider mowing around it,” she said. “We have visions of eventually putting up a fence where we can have events that can be ticketed.”

City Manager Rhett Parker said the only concern he has about the project is the runoff in that area and the ADA compliance. Willie said they can address those issues.

Mayor Connie Anderle directed them to come back with actual plans and specifications for the project.

Anderle said she wants to make sure that the project won’t interrupt the beauty of the existing lake.

“This would be a wonderful asset to the city,” Melissa Williams said. 

Sulak said they would like to start as soon as possible. It will take four to six weeks for construction.

“This would be a beautiful place for a wedding or a family reunion,” Willie said. “It goes a long way towards what we are doing to bring new people into the community.”