Initially built as a roller skating rink, the Ferndale Pavilion in Pioneer Park was most recently home to the Ferndale Public Library and before that the Ferndale Clubhouse for the Boys & Girls Club. Now, the Ferndale Pavilion is about to enter the next phase of its long life.
Roosendaal-Honcoop Construction, Inc. is currently underway with a remodel project described on the city website as including:
selective demolition to remove non-bearing interior walls, minor reconfiguration of interior spaces to add new storage rooms. Work also includes installation of a new fire sprinkler system.
Last year, even before the library had finished its move to its current location on Main Street, the question about how best to utilize the space began being discussed in earnest. The absence of a sprinkler system was a limiting factor for many of the use options being suggested.
The Ferndale Pavilion building had been proposed to serve as a community center and events venue following the library’s departure.
More recently, city staff have recommended and have held meetings discussing using a portion of the facility as shared space for the Ferndale Chamber and Visitors Center, the Whatcom Old Settlers’ Association, the Ferndale Heritage Society and the Ferndale Community Service Cooperative. This recommendation appears to not get in the way of using the remaining portion of the facility for events.