Park Pavilion Designs & Other Key Info

Just because you’re not building for your own backyard doesn’t mean you can’t let your imagination run wild. More than ever, park pavilion designs can have a distinct stylistic flair — while providing much-needed shade and seating. In today’s blog, we’re highlighting some of the most popular commercial pavilion styles and answering some of the most common questions we hear.

At The Backyard Showcase, we have ample experience working with public planners and private company stakeholders. So, whether you’re designing a picnic shelter for the county park, your corporate campus, or even a restaurant, our team is able to help. Keep reading to see the leading park pavilion designs to kick-start your imagination — or reach out today to start the conversation with one of our designers!

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4 Most Popular Picnic Shelter Designs

Once, picnic shelter designs tended to be simple, stripped-down, and fairly cookie-cutter. Times have changed and commercial spaces can just as easily embody contemporary outdoor living trends as anywhere else. While the outdoor designers of The Backyard Showcase are always ready to craft a fully custom commercial pavilion, we recommend checking out some of our most popular picnic shelter designs:

Heavy Timber Pavilion

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While the shape may be rectangular and the roof pitch is fairly standard, the look is completely one-of-a-kind. This contemporary style of commercial pavilion stands out due in large part to the heavy cedar timbers that create the frame. Although the rough-hewn look of the beams and pillars may be rustic, this is an in-demand style for newly-built spaces — and looks much more modern than standard treated-lumber boards.

Hex Bell Pavilion

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This piece is a true style x-factor for spaces that need to stand out. First and foremost, the unique hexagonal shape is the defining feature of this pavilion. Alongside that, the bell-shaped roof creates a unique profile from both inside and outside the structure itself. While picnic shelters are often used to provide shade coverage outside, this particular pavilion we built is actually indoor. While its main job here is as a style statement piece, it would make a grand addition to a park or other outdoor area!

Open Gable Pavilion

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A historically-inspired park pavilion design that has never been more popular than right now. This is one of the single most popular pavilion types we build, and it isn’t hard to see why. The prominent timbers of the open gable pavilion combined with the steep-pitched roof creates this unique and classic look. For an even more elaborate park pavilion design, consider adding multiple gables — one on each of the sides.

Commercial Gazebo

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The open-side pavilion style structure may be a standard; however, more coverage is always an option. Commercial gazebos offer all of the same shade and protection from the elements as you’d get from a pavilion, but they also come with walls and netting that can keep the insects out. Gazebo style picnic shelters are often a popular choice for an outdoor restaurant.

What Does a Commercial Pavilion Cost?

Feeling inspired to start planning your grand outdoor space? Fantastic — that’s what we’re here to do. However, if you want to discuss some practical facts and figures, we can help with that as well.

When it comes to the price of a commercial or park pavilion, we need to discuss your specific project and goals to be able to truly give you an answer. However, we can say that the average commercial pavilion costs between $15,000 and $25,000 from start to finish. The two main factors that influence the price are the size and the complexity of the design. So, the bigger the structure and the more gables and flourishes it includes, the more you’ll pay for it.

The other main question we hear about park pavilions is about the maintenance demands and the corresponding lifespan. We recommend not worrying about painting or staining the pavilion, and instead, just letting it age naturally. Without any yearly maintenance or upkeep, you can expect the structure to last you between 30 and 50 years.

Bring Your Park Pavilion Designs to Life

Did one of these popular park pavilion designs catch your eye? Perfect, we’d love to have a conversation and present you a quote to build it! However, if you have a truly unique idea, we’d love to discuss working with you to bring it to life. While these are the most popular commercial pavilions we build, they are just the tip of the iceberg — our team is always ready to design what you want from the ground up.

Reach out to our design team to get a quote and to start building!

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