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Salem board gives OK to start raising funds for $450k pavilion

SALEM — Fundraising efforts will soon be underway to make a $450,000 pavilion at Hedgehog Park a reality.

Earlier this week, selectmen saw plans for the structure, which will include a roofed picnic area, restrooms, storage and a concession stand.

The board gave the OK to the town’s Recreation Advisory Committee to begin the fundraising efforts necessary to pay for the building.

Those efforts will likely include giving naming rights for the pavilion to any entity willing to pony up a quarter of the cost of the project, according to Chris Dillon, parks and recreation director.The new structure will replace a 900-square-foot building from the 1970s.

The pavilion is the third phase of a four-phase master plan created in 2008 for the park.

The first phase was the addition of a skate park and additional gravel parking; the second phase was the addition of some new playground equipment and the extension of the beach at Hedgehog Pond, according to Dillon.

The new structure will be larger than the current one, because it will include a large roof over the picnic area, according to engineering consultant George Fredette.


“All of these elements are larger than what is out there now,” Fredette said. To support the new structure, Fredette said some infrastructure improvements will be needed, including tying into the town’s municipal water system and upgrading the power supply.


The issue of the building materials that will be used are of concern to Selectman Everett McBride, who said the proposed cedar siding would require too much maintenance.

McBride suggested the project use vinyl siding.

“Cedar is not low-maintenance,” he said. “I want something that doesn’t have to be painted every three years.”

Dillon said the timeline for the project depends on the fundraising, but he said he would like to see construction take place some time next year.

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