Marble Falls looking at smaller, more affordable events venue

JENNIFER FIERRO • PICAYUNE STAFF

MARBLE FALLS — City officials are eyeing a second rental venue similar to Lakeside Pavilion but with less square footage and possibly a lower cost.

Marble Falls Parks and Recreation Department Director Robert Moss told the Parks and Recreation Commission during its April 6 meeting the city has budgeted $30,000 for improvements to a building and property near Westside Park that were owned by former businessman George Ortiz.

The Marble Falls Economic Development Corp. purchased the third-of-an-acre area for $92,950, which included closing costs.

“As part of that, we wanted to remodel the land and structure,” Moss said. “The building is 1,500 square feet. We’re going to turn it into a community hall, a multipurpose facility. It’s structurally good.”

Once the renovations are complete, it will be available for rental for parties, family picnics, quinceaneras, exercise classes and meetings at a rate that’s less than the rental of Lakeside Pavilion.”

The 6,200-square-foot Lakeside Pavilion overlooks Lake Marble Falls and seats about 400 people. The facility features a professional catering kitchen with many amenities. Rental per day for the pavilion is $100 for public agencies and nonprofits; $500 for individuals, civic organizations and social groups; and $600 for commercial groups. There is also a $350 cleaning fee.

Marble Falls residents can get a $100 discount with proof of residency.

It’s still early in the development of the second venue, so officials don’t have a proposed fee schedule at this time.

“It could be an affordable option,” City Manager Mike Hodge said.

Moss added that the location of the building, which is next to Westside Park, also made it an attractive buy for the EDC and the city.   

Place 5 Commissioner Mark McCary said he knows of a family that has a reunion in Fredericksburg because of facility options.

“This (facility) fits that profile and immediate niche,” he said.

The commissioners also:

• reviewed the Lakeside Pavilion rental and cleaning costs. Moss explained the fees were approved by the city council in 2011, including a cleaning fee, to ensure the facility was spotless before it was used by a new group. Moss and Hodge also said this is the last year of debt service, with payment out of the Hotel/Motel Occupancy Tax, of Lakeside Pavilion, and that the rental fees cover the maintenance and operation costs of the facility.

• received a Spring Break 2015 report. Moss said the six events drew a total of 635 participants, even with the rainout of two events. Since the ice cream social was one of the events that was rained out, Place 6 Commissioner Leta Stevenson-Smith suggested inviting area students to an ice cream social at the end of the school year. The commissioners will discuss this item in May.

• were updated about plans for a new welcome sign at the intersection of U.S. 281 and RR 1431. Moss said staff members are still reviewing options, adding that space there is limited because of controls for stoplights and other functions.

• received a review of the comprehensive plan summary and update regarding parks and recreation in the city from Caleb Kraenzel, director of development services. Kraenzel and Moss asked the commissioners to consider how to make the city’s recreation better, adding staff members believe growth is coming because of the Baylor Scott & White Medical Center, located south of Marble Falls on Texas 71 just west of the U.S. 281 intersection.

• accepted parks and recreation pamphlets from Place 4 Commissioner Charles Watkins.

jfierro@thepicayune.com

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