The following is an excerpt from an article from the New Haven Register by Evan Lips.
The Coogan Pavilion in Edgewood Park,decimated by an October 2012 fire, has finally reopened and according to Mayor Toni Harp, it’s better than before.
Harp, one of several city officials who spoke at Tuesday s reopening ceremony, said the facility is now “in better shape than it’s ever been.”
The reopening means the Department of Parks, Recreation and Trees again has a permanent home to house its youth programs and the city’s Westville neighborhood has a space for civic meetings.
“We’ve been using a lot of Board of Education buildings and with that comes a lot of responsibilities,” said Felicia Shashinka, a programming supervisor. “We’re happy to have a space of our own again.”
The facility, built more than 40 years ago, was damaged in 2012 when a two-alarm fire tore through the building’s west end. City Architectural Projects Capital Coordinator Bill MacMullen said the original pavilion was built during former Mayor Richard C. Lee’s tenure. He said Lee was inspired by architecture he had seen during a vacation to Switzerland.
“He saw these Swiss chalets and said he wanted to build one for New Haven,” MacMullen said.