Since 1977, the Bogert Pavilion has been home to countless family gatherings, farmers markets, and winter ice skating. Popularity has soared in recent years as Bozeman continues to grow, with over 90 days of reservations made annually. As Bozeman’s only large outdoor facility, there is a strong desire to restore the pavilion to its original purpose
On March 17th, 2019 after a heavy snow event one of the ten arched beams gave way. Fortunately, no one was injured. After securing the site, the City contracted with a local engineer to perform a thorough structural assessment. It was determined that the collapse was a result of “unbalanced snow load in conjunction with rotting and delamination”. Signs of deterioration can be found throughout the pavilion after decades of exposure.
The City Commission decided on July 15th, 2019 to repair the pavilion to the highest degree of safety and longevity for the future (including bringing the structure up to current building code). City staff are implementing annual inspections and preventative maintenance for all park facilities in an effort to avoid future issues, including a city-wide condition assessment planned for early 2020. The City anticipates working with a contractor this fall to develop a plan for repair. Construction is likely to occur over multiple phases due to budget constraints, with the majority of work not occurring until 2020. We appreciate your patience as we work to restore this important community asset – please check back for updates.