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LIMA — Lima schools students and others in the community have been given a new outdoor stage thanks to the Lima Rotary Club and school district.

Finishing touches have been completed on a concrete pavilion located on the northwest corner of the site of the old Lima Senior High School. The Liberty Arts Magnet sits on part of the property.

“This gives the kids a stage,” said Sally Windle, the district’s director of the arts and magnet programs.

The Rotary Riverwalk Pavilion will be dedicated at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

The ceremony will include the Liberty eighth-grade Legacy project. Pupils have integrated visual arts, dance, language arts, social studies and science into a yearlong project that included gathering oral histories and creating choreography that they will perform Thursday.

The district submitted a proposal on the pavilion to the Rotary Club last year. The club decided to fund the $27,000 project, which sits close to the Rotary Riverwalk. The Riverwalk was the last large project paid for by the club.

“The club is instrumental in giving back to the community and it felt that the city schools was very deserving of the pavilion,” said Dave Frost, president of the Lima Rotary Foundation. “And their intention of what they would like to do seemed to be in line with the interests of the rotary club members.”

Frost envisions the pavilion being used by other groups as well. It would be a good spot, he said, for a registration for walks, runs and other activities on the Riverwalk.

The school district will maintain the pavilion, but no district money was used to build it.

Windle believes the pavilion will get much use by student performances and demonstrations and will often be worked into curriculum.

“The long-term goal is to bring in art experiences, more outlets for creativity that are positive and proactive rather than doing intervention with kids later when they haven’t been successful,” she said.

The pavilion will be put to use right away. The Council for the Arts of Greater Lima and Husky Lima Refinery will launch a new, free family concert series beginning June 13.

The Husky Family Fun Series will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday through Aug. 1. It will kick off June 13 with blues/swing band The Rhythm Bandits. Upcoming music will include jazz, blues, bluegrass and folk.

“We hear a steady stream of comments that we need more things for families to do together,” said council Director Bart Mills. “A really unique partnership of private, public and nonprofit efforts came together to make this all possible.”

The city of Lima is running power to the new stage and Husky is sponsoring the series. St. Rita’s Medical Center and Superior Federal Credit Union are also helping. Those attending should bring lawn chairs.

New outdoor pavilion at Liberty Arts Magnet
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