Melton Lake waterfront area


Among the highest priorities of the newly formed Recreation and Parks Advisory Board is to assist the City as it moves forward in enhancing the Melton Lake waterfront area. One of the first tasks of the Board is to provide guidance on how best to invest a generous donation to the City by UT-Battelle for a new pavilion. The Board has studied the Oak Ridge Waterfront Development Plan (December 14, 2009) that was endorsed by City Council, the community input that was part of the process of developing that plan, and subsequent comments. The Oak Ridge Parks & Recreation Board is pleased to present two possible designs for a signature pavilion at the Melton Lake waterfront.

The Board considered cost, functionality, and aesthetics in developing these conceptual designs. Each design seeks to maximize the UT-Battelle contribution and minimize the capital and maintenance costs for the city. In addition, the designs are inviting to residents and visitors, provide opportunities for a variety of day-use activities as well as for large group and special occasions. The designs also maintain the natural setting and views of the river while creating a unique signature for Oak Ridge.

The Parks & Recreation board is asking for feedback from interested citizens. Please consider these conceptual designs, complete the short survey, and submit any comments about the designs. Although final decisions will be made after the formal proposal and bid process, each design includes some basic amenities that are expected to be available within the base price of the pavilion. Additional amenities will be prioritized and will be included as the budget permits. Part of the survey addresses the prioritization of these amenities and your feedback will help inform the process.

Rectangular Design Description:
The rectangular design provides an attractive facility and allows for a sizeable group. Estimated basic amenities:

Basic Foot Print = 40’ x 60’
Expected capacity from 150 to 250 people, depending on final configuration
Metal roof and frame for ease maintenance and long-term sustainable appearance
Picnic Tables
Lighted (i.e., electricity conduits run during construction)
Short wall/bench with electricity at each end, has walk thru at each end
Running Water – spigot & water fountain (may not be part of the pavilion itself, but would be nearby
Octagonal Design:
The octagonal design creates a more architecturally significant structure and a signature look for the waterfront that distinguishes this park from most surrounding communities.

Basic Foot Print = Octagon 55’ across
Expected capacity from 150 to 250 people, depending on final configuration
Metal roof and frame for ease maintenance and long-term sustainable appearance
Picnic Tables
Lighted (i.e., electricity conduits run during construction)
Short wall/bench with electricity at each end, has walk thru at each end
Running Water – spigot & water fountain (may not be part of the pavilion itself, but would be nearby
Additional Amenities that could be added (to be determined by budget and priority)

Extended Apron – 10-12 feet
Ceiling Fans
Stone-wrapped columns approximately 3-4’ high
Grills - just off the apron
Ability to connect “sides” or tents
Sink
Fire pit
Fire Place
Service area to accommodate caterers
Internet hot spot
Solar panels
Use of recycled materials
Pervious paving
Low energy lighting
Heat reduction islands

Find out more at Parks & Rec's Project Page.