WHAT: A permanent performance pavilion to be constructed in Grovemont Park, Swannanoa, NC, to provide a covered stage for community concerts and other events including the 15-year tradition of Groovin’ on Grovemont concert series, Cinema on the Square (outdoor movie night), as well as educational and entertainment programming for the families and children of the Swannanoa Valley.
WHEN: Fundraising is ongoing now. Pavilion construction should be completed by May, 2018, in time for the annual summer Groovin’ on Grovemont concert series.
WHERE: Grovemont Park, adjacent to the Swannanoa Library, 101 West Charleston Ave, Swannanoa, NC, 28778
DETAILS: The Swannanoa Community Council (SCC), a non-profit organization operating in Swannanoa for over half a century, has received a $6,000 grant from Buncombe County Park & Recreation to assist in the construction of a covered outdoor performance space adjacent to the Swannanoa Library in the Grovemont neighborhood in Swannanoa, NC.
The total budget for the new performance space is approximately $14,000. The Swannanoa Community Council is managing the project as well as contributing financially to the effort. Two other Swannanoa-based non-profits, Friends of the Swannanoa Library and Friends and Neighbors of Swannanoa have also pledged their support. Additional funding is being requested and encouraged from individuals, families, businesses, and other organizations in the Swannanoa Valley. Tax-deductible donations can be made by credit/debit card through the GrovemontPark.org website, or by mailing checks to: Swannanoa Community Council, P.O. Box 1008, Swannanoa, NC.
The performance pavilion will provide a permanent stage and structure for community events, including the annual Groovin’ on Grovemont concert series, a 15 year tradition. The popular concert series takes place in July and August each year and historically has hosted live music performers under a temporary tent, on an aging wooden platform in Grovemont Park. The new performance pavilion will feature an accessible 15’ X 24’ covered stage. The pavilion is designed to be an aesthetically-pleasing structure that will blend into yet enhance the existing park, featuring river-rock masonry that matches the historic rock wall that borders the Grovemont Park green space. The architectural design for the structure has been provided by SCC board member, retired architect/professor, and long-time community service volunteer, Bill Bauman.
The Swannanoa Community Council's mission includes serving the residents of Swannanoa, the Swannanoa Valley, and the larger community. The Swannanoa Community Council owns and manages properties in the Grovemont Community of Swannanoa including the building that houses the Swannanoa Library, Grovemont Park & Playground, and the Historic Grovemont Square green space.