Old Fort Pavilions Torn Down

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Pavilions in Old Fort Park have been torn down. It's where many families gathered for a picnic. It was also where homeless advocates fed thousands of the community's less fortunate.

Murfreesboro Mayor Shane McFarland says the Parks and Recreation Department deemed the buildings structurally unsound...

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As for possibly rebuilding pavilions in the same area...

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The pavilions were initially built with help from Murfreesboro Rotary Club.

Nate Williams with Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation tells NewsRadio WGNS with the structural integrity of the pavilions in question, plans have been in the works for at least a year to revitalize that section of Old Fort Park. He echoed what the mayor said about analyzing the needs as part of a master plan for the area.

Homeless advocate Amber Hampton, who along with others, started the Sunday breakfast nearly seven-years ago, is saddened the pavilions have been torn down...

Tim, known around Murfreesboro as "Taco," says he's sad something he helped start now has no place to continue currently...

The Experience Church has continued the breakfast and fellowship most recently. Church officials say the city of Murfreesboro has been very accommodating and open to allowing the breakfast and fellowship to continue at other facilities in the city. Williams noted the church knew of the plans for the pavilion area and they've been working together to come up with alternative plans.

Homeless advocate Tairra Gofourth says her "heart is broken." She adds "this is where we served breakfast and work with the children."

Jason Bennett with Murfreesboro Cold Patrol says he's "very sad to see what has been a sanctuary for literally hundreds of struggling people on Sunday mornings for the last six years" just torn down.

PLAQUE FROM THE PAVILION, WHICH MARKED THE DONATION MADE IN 1980 TO CONSTRUCT THE PAVILIONS

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