Following a meeting Wednesday night and a report from an engineer, it appears the Happy Hour Pavilion can't be saved. Still, the Peace Country River Rats are coming together on Saturday morning to dismantle the pavilion, and salvage what pieces they can from the damaged shelter before its eventual rebuild.
"It was built very heavy and we would have needed equipment out there to save and move the roof. So instead we're going to dismantle it and save what we can, we'll see if we can reuse the tin," said River Rats vice president Trapper Wolsey. "We have to do something with it so it's not a safety hazard."
The River Rats will gather at the Peace Island Park boat launch at 10 a.m. before heading out to Happy Hour. They are looking for volunteers to help with the dismantling, as well as equipment. Generators, drills, chain saws, winches and wheel barrows are some of the tools they'll need.
"Anyone with willing hands who wants to show up and strong backs is welcome," said Wolsey.
The pavilion, located on the Pine River, is a popular shelter used by boaters who are camping, having a fire, or just stopping for a bite to eat. It was damaged by high water levels that eroded the beach and went up right to the shelter. The water usually sits 12 feet away from the pavilion, Wolsey said.
"It was something real good to have, so we'll rebuild it more inland on higher ground," said Wolsey.
Wolsey said there were 12 people at the meeting Wednesday night, but he's already received emails from people across the Peace Region asking how they can help and what needs to be done.
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