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'This will not take place:' Peoria park board weighs in against Donovan pavilion project

Donovan Park Pavilion Rendering
Pavilion in the Park / CORE Construction
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The Peoria Park District board of trustees poured cold water on any chance of the arts pavilion project coming to fruition in Donovan Park's open green space.

The not-for-profit behind the concept withdrew the proposal from consideration for this year.

Board president Robert Johnson said though the board didn't get to vote on the project, he wanted to make it known it didn't have their support.

"We gotta preserve this land for your children, your grandchildren, mine," Johnson said. "And this board's not going to be here all the time. There'll be another board. But here on this watch, we want to make it clear this will not take place. We're going to preserve that."

Board vice president Joyce Harant said the overwhelming amount of public input against developing the space made a difference.

"Your dedication to preserving Donovan Park has allowed me and my fellow trustees and our staff to understand the depth of your commitment to keeping Donovan Park natural, and that improvements should enhance the natural experience," she said.

Johnson said park district staff were instructed to cease investing additional time and resources into laying the groundwork for the project.

The PAV non-profit said during a press conference earlier this month that they plan to re-introduce the plan in January after gathering more public input.

Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.