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A pavilion at Keyes Park in Milford will be expanded to include a pergola and a brick patio through the efforts of Milford High School students this fall. (Nancy Bean Foster Photo)

Milford pavilion

Additions to Milford pavilion will include pergola, patio

MILFORD — The second phase of a pavilion project at Keyes Field will begin as soon as school is back in session, with much of the labor being supplied by students from Milford High School.

According to recreation director Nicole Banks, several years ago students from the high school's building and trades program built a large pavilion for the town, providing a place to escape the sun, dance and picnic as well as host family gatherings by reservation. Keyes Park is the primary recreation space in Milford featuring the town pool, tennis courts, a skate park and large playground, along with playing fields.

The new pavilion was built to replace an older structure that had succumbed to time and the elements. But that project was just the first phase, and now the town is ready to move forward with phase two, said Banks.

"We're going to be expanding the pavilion by adding a pergola which will provide more shade, installing a brick patio, and doing some landscaping," she said.

Starting in September when students in the building and trades program return to school, construction will begin on the new pergola. Students will then transport the structure to Keyes Park and install it.

In the meantime, the recreation department has launched a campaign to sell sponsor bricks that will be used to complete the patio area. The bricks, which cost $50 each, will be engraved to the owner's specifications, whether to honor a loved one, to celebrate an anniversary or special relationship, or just to make a family a lasting part of life in Milford. The deadline for purchasing a brick is Oct. 31.

"What a great way to show your support or to recognize someone," said Banks.

Banks said there are always ideas floating around for new projects including refurbishing the skate park, building a splash park or even installing a water slide for the pool, but right now, the focus is on completing the pergola project.

The recreation department is also seeking sponsorship and volunteers to assist with the landscaping portion of the project, and Banks said anyone interested in helping can contact Milford Recreation at 249-0625.

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