Mayor Loveridge, an advocate for building a community respectful of
our rich cultural heritage and diversity, announces the June 2008 opening of the Grier
Pavilion, named for Riverside civil-rights activists Barnett and Eleanor Jean Grier,
located on the seventh floor patio of City Hall.
The Grier Pavilion is a community venue that supports the concept of inclusiveness and the acceptance, dignity and respect that every member of the Riverside community deserves and should expect.
“Through gatherings at the Pavilion, the message to all will ring loud and clear; we are diverse, we are committed, we are inclusive and we are proud,” Mayor Loveridge commented.
A featured element of the Pavilion is the Center Circle of Inclusion, designed by international artist Dominic Panziera and sponsored by the James Irvine Foundation. Centered on the main floor of the Pavilion, the circular mosaic, which is ten feet in diameter, reflects multiple cultures through images and brightly colored tiles.
The Pavilion also features “clean and green” technologies as it is shaded by energy producing solar panels.
Rooted in the rich history of the civil rights, guests will recognize quotes from such leaders as Cesar Chavez, Chief Joseph, John F. Kennedy, Jr.; Rosa Parks; Mahatma Gandhi; Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King; and Ahn Chang-Ho.
Under the leadership of long-time Riverside resident Sylvia Martin James, $151,000 was raised toward the project the City of Riverside developed. Major donors to the project include: The James Irvine Foundation; Altura Credit Union Foundation; Henry W. Coil, Jr.; Riverside Public Utilities; The Grier Family; Martin Luther King Visionaries; The Riverside African- American Historical Society; and the Tavaglione Brothers: Dominick, Leonardo, Jim, Joe, Louis, and Nick.