Pavilion construction starts

Adam Larck TimesNewspapers
Construction has picked up at Idlewood Park where the Fine Arts Pavilion will be finished later this year.

Progress is showing with the Morton Fine Arts pavilion.

Even though a groundbreaking is planned for 1:30 p.m. Thursday, work has been going on for the past few weeks.

Phil Kuhl, president of the Morton Fine Arts Association, said that footings were being poured when he stopped by Idlewood Park on May 15. The footings, poured by Aupperly Construction, were completed after some soil issues were resolved, Kuhl said.

“We’re really touched that a lot of people stepped forward,” Kuhl said.

Kuhl noted that Billy Daniels Excavating donated the demolition services, and that many of the contract prices have come in below what was expected.

While construction is set to go until at least July and possibly as late as September, Kuhl said that the Summer Concert Series will still be happening at the park this summer.

“It’s up to the weather,” Kuhl said about the completion date.

He noted that the stage will be ready to go by the time the series starts, but is unsure what else will be completed by the time of the first show on June 13.

“We’re trying to make Morton a better place to live,” he said.

After the pavilion is complete, the pavilion will be donated to the park district. The district will then add restrooms and a concession stand to the area for use during the summer months.

While donations are still coming in for the pavilion, Morton Fine Arts Association President Phil Kuhl said that more is still needed. Recently, the Morton Community Bank donated $50,000 for the pavilion, and the Morton Rotary Club added $25,000. Kuhl noted that between $100,000-$150,00 is probably still needed for the pavilion. “I’d still like it the most if a lot more people would get involved with the project with paver bricks,” he said. More information about donating for the pavilion can be found at

Funding still needed