By Julie Huss
---- — DERRY — Don Ball Park has its new pavilion.
Thanks to the support and volunteer work of Derry Village Rotary Club members, the popular park off Humphrey Road has a new pavilion, unveiled in a ceremony Oct. 19.
Rotarians built the 30-by-50-foot structure as a way to support the town.
It’s something the park needed for a long time, recreation officials said.
After construction and architectural plans were in place, Rotarians secured the funding they needed — approximately $35,000. Local businesses and licensed contractors donated services, money and materials.
“I am beyond impressed with the overall construction of the structure and with how amazing it looks,” Parks and Recreation director Eric Bodnerader said. “Working with the Rotarians and their contractors on this special project has truly been a distinct pleasure.”
The pavilion was designed to complement the park, where families enjoy picnics, playing fields, a playground and the Splashpad. Pavers were also installed to create a stone base for the pavilion. Many of the original bricks that were put in place to celebrate the original playground area’s grand opening 20 years ago were recycled as part of the project. A total of 4,500 bricks make up the base.
“It is a welcomed, sentimental addition to the overall scheme and we are extremely pleased,” Bodenrader said. “I can’t thank the Derry Village Rotary Club enough. It’s a legacy that will last for countless generations of families that come through Derry.”
He said putting the pavilion at Don Ball Park would also help honor the memory of Don Ball, a former Parks and Recreation director and someone that cared deeply for the town.
“This is a perfect spot for this pavilion in his name,” Bodenrader said.