Shelter Fund-Raising Set to Go Public

The Register Guard (Eugene, OR), April 29, 2004 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Shelter Fund-Raising Set to Go Public

Byline: Scott Maben The Register-Guard

The old, rusty Quonset hut long used for picnics, weddings and festivals at the Mount Pisgah Arboretum could be gone within a year, replaced by a light-filled, all-weather pavilion built to last 100 years.

That's the hope of arboretum officials as they prepare to kick off the public phase of a fund-raising drive to raze the dim, dilapidated picnic shelter and erect the new White Oak Pavilion.

"This will be a far more open and bright building," said Ron Funke, chairman of the arboretum board's planning committee.

The nonprofit organization that operates the 209-acre arboretum has raised $206,000 since last summer, including $100,000 from a Eugene woman.

Organizers figure they need $150,000 more. They plan to kick off a "raise the rafters" campaign on Monday and will announce the identity of the big local donor then.

The 56-year-old Quonset hut once was used for cattle when the arboretum and surrounding area was a farm. It was converted to a picnic shelter after the arboretum opened 30 years ago, but now it's rusting and falling apart.

"It doesn't meet today's standards as a place to have exhibits and educational events," Funke said.

Many weddings have been staged there as well, but the old structure isn't terribly suited for such ceremonies, Funke said.

"It's not the most attractive building nor the most functional building in the world," he said.

The new pavilion, based on a design from 1996, will allow in more light and afford better views of the surrounding parkland and trees, including the stand of California white oak for which the building will be named.

Visitors will be able to close the 3,000-square-foot shelter using sliding glass "barn doors." The feature will come in handy on blustery days, such as those that have ruffled the arboretum's annual wildflower show in mid-May.

"This is one of the problems that has pushed us to do this," Funke said. "With the prevailing north wind this time of year, if you have lots of flowers in vases oriented in a north-south wind tunnel, it's very challenging to keep things in order.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Cite this article

Cited article

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Shelter Fund-Raising Set to Go Public


Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?