Winona Lake Council Approves Documents for Miller Sunset Pavilion –

A look at the Miller Sunset Pavilion located along Park Avenue in Winona Lake, which is to contain a skating rink and provide space for concerts and other community events. InkFreeNews photo by Leah Sander.

By Lea Sander

WINONA LAKE – Winona Lake City Council has approved a number of documents related to the Miller Sunset Pavilion.

At its Tuesday, Sept. 20, meeting at Winona Lake Town Hall, council approved two ordinances relating to the use of bonds to pay the remaining balance of the clubhouse. Council first considered these orders at a meeting in August.

Located along Park Avenue on the site of the former Billy Sunday Tabernacle, the pavilion will contain a skating rink and provide space for concerts and other community events.

To build the pavilion, the city used a process called BOT. BOT stands for Build, Operate and Transfer and means that a developer can essentially complete a project and then transfer ownership to a government entity.

WL Ice LLC is the entity that currently owns the clubhouse, which will soon be transferred to the city.

As stated in the ordinances approved Tuesday, the city is seeking a bond amount not to exceed $4,680,000. The higher than needed amount is because the city may be looking to use the bonds to pay for other purchases, such as a new fire truck.

Other funds provided for the pavilion project include a $1.5 million grant from the K21 Health Foundation and various donations from the public.

With respect to the project, the board approved that K and J Operations operate the Miller Sunset Pavilion at an annual rate of $152,000. As City Council member Jim Lancaster is connected to its operations, Council approved a declaration of conflict of interest for him.

City Manager Craig Allebach also provided some tentative dates for the pavilion.

He said there should be a ‘community open day’ for the pavilion coming in October, with the official opening of the rink scheduled for Saturday, November 19, with possible free skating offered to the public on that date. .

Activities at Lake Winona

The council also heard about a variety of activities that will soon take place in the city.

These include the Nocturnal Community Bike Ride which is due to start at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 24, from the Gordon Health and Wellness Center, 100 Publishers Drive. More information on this can be found by visiting

A special concert honoring Grace College faculty member and trumpeter Jerry Franks will be held Saturday, October 1 at 1:30 p.m. at Christ’s Covenant Church, 2090 E. Pierceton Road. The Wagon Wheel Symphony of the Lakes performs at 8 p.m. on October 1 at the Winona Lake Heritage Room, 901 Park Ave.

The Winona Lake Parks Department is hosting the new Trick-or-Treat on the Trails event on Saturday, October 29. From 3-5 p.m., kids can pick up treats starting at Winona Lake Limitless Park and then throughout the city’s greenway system. .

Then, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the WLLP, there will be s’mores, a bonfire, storytelling, and the broadcast of the special “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown.”

The next council meeting is scheduled for 6:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 18 at Winona Lake Town Hall.

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