With library moving, Ferndale officials to talk about next uses for Pioneer Pavilion

Pioneer Pavilion in Pioneer Park shown March 7, 2011.
Pioneer Pavilion in Pioneer Park shown March 7, 2011. THE BELLINGHAM HERALD

Pioneer Pavilion, a former roller rink that was the temporary home of the Ferndale Public Library, likely will be turned into a community center now that the library is moving into its new, permanent home on Main Street.

The City Council will discuss future uses for the 11,955-square-foot-building at a special meeting Monday, Oct. 27, at the pavilion.

Possibilities include moving a core, three groups into the building: Ferndale Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center, Old Settlers’ Association, and the Ferndale Heritage Society.

“These organizations would move down there as their new home,” Ferndale City Administrator Greg Young said.

Options for the remaining space include constructing a commercial kitchen in the building, renting it for events such as weddings, and making the building available to other groups.

“There are a lot of questions about what groups would use the facility permanently or part time,” Young said.

The Ferndale Public Library started moving Wednesday, Oct. 22, from the pavilion at 2007 Cherry St., to its new space at 2125 Main St.

The library is expected to open to the public at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 29.

The Ferndale library had been in the pavilion since March 2011, giving up its old space at 2222 Main St., which was remodeled to become a new and larger police station.

Before the library, the pavilion was home to the Ferndale branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Whatcom County until the building was damaged by an electrical fire Jan. 1, 2007. The nonprofit eventually moved into its own clubhouse at Second and Cherry streets, and the city fixed the building, cutting out the 25 percent burned in the fire.

Young said the building was in good shape and any changes made would be for cosmetic reasons.