To better serve rowing and other events on the beach at East Fork State Park's Harsha Lake, a group of community leaders and citizens from Clermont County and surrounding areas have been developing plans for a new pavilion and a lighthouse tower. The pavilion would serve not only regattas, but also picnics, weddings, reunions, and more. The tower would provide platforms for rowing judges and anchor a unique destination play/exercise location at the beach.
The Matt Maupin Welcome Pavilion was unveiled in its finished form in 2009. The large open pavilion features beautiful and durable stone supports with a stone fireplace and a unique state of the art audio visual capacity for showing closed circuit and other programs on a TV screen mounted on the fireplace. This pavilion honors our Clermont County serviceman Matt Maupin, a rower with the Clermont High School Crew in 2001, when he and his crew won a gold medal at the Midwest Championship at this very site.
Designs for this capital improvement were developed by Len Bonomini and KBA, Inc. / Architects, a firm that has been located in Clermont County since its founding in 1991.
The Lighthouse Tower would be constructed at water's edge on the finish line at some future time. The structure is designed to be a facility for the announcing, judging and timing of rowing events. The tower itself is steel giving it durability and a sense of permanence. Standing 50+ feet high, the tower would have an observation area for cameras and announcers, a covered space for rowing event judges, timing electronics and results topped by a permanent flag pole displaying the flag of the United States of America, fully lit by solar panels, throughout the summer recreation season. A play area would include a water slide, climbing wall, swings and other exercise equipment.
Jason Williams and David VonderBrink of PDT Architecture/Planning/Interior Design are developing the design for the tower. PDT has been in business for 55 years and has been responsible for such Cincinnati landmarks as the Montgomery Inn Boathouse, Rookwood Commons, and Shilitos Lofts.
Donations for the Matt Maupin Welcome Pavilion
at East Fork State Park can be sent to:
PO Box 553
Amelia, OH 45102