At their meeting this week, the Lubbock City Council unanimously approved allocating funds for new open air pavilions at three Lubbock parks.

The Council approved the three new pavilions at Wagner Park, Miller Park, and Burns Park.

The pavilions at Miller and Burns Park will be 28 feet long by 28 feet wide, and will include gabled metal roofs, picnic tables, grills, and security lighting. Each pavilion of this type costs $41,290.

The pavilion at Wagner Park will be a 28 feet by 28 feet octagonal pavilion, which will cost $45,650. The $377,386 cost of the entire project includes engineering, shipping, installation, grills, tables, bollards, stonework, demolition of existing structures, new slabs, a drinking fountain, and more. Also, security lighting will be added to these three additions, as well as the 8 other existing pavilions.

Pavilions have already been built in Cooke, Duran, Lopez, Reagan, Ribble, Simmons, Sims, Strong, and Underwood Parks.

District 5 Councilwoman Karen Gibson voted for the contract resolution, but said that with upcoming budget reductions in many City departments, the Council will need to take “a hard look” at parks improvement in the future in deciding what is important and what is not. The funds for this particular project are included in the current budget.

The Council also unanimously gave final approval to allow citizens to refill personal pools and hot tubs during Stage 2 Water Restrictions, which will go into effect April 1st. A ban on refilling pools and hot tubs was moved to Stage 3 Water Restrictions.

Lubbock will be entirely dependent on water from wells in Bailey and Roberts Counties until the Lake Alan Henry Water Supply Project is completed later this year. 2012 is the first year that no water will be available for use from Lake Meredith.

For more on the current Stage 2 restrictions, including a lawn watering schedule, click here.

Information regarding Stage 3 restrictions is available here.