WINDHAM — A familiar proposal to bring a performance stage to Griffin Park was supported recently by the Board of Selectmen.
At a meeting June 21, selectmen approved the concept of a performance area at the park on Range Road.
Windham state Rep. Charles McMahon presented the plan, bringing along an original model of what the performance area might look like.
McMahon said now is the time to hopefully make the stage a reality. He said the space would be another way of bringing people together.
"This is another attempt to make this happen," he said, adding that he wanted to come before the board to get support before any fundraising efforts. "I think it would be a great addition to the park."
Griffin Park is a well-used space in Windham, constructed years ago with fields, tennis and basketball courts, a playground, walking trail and other green space that offers recreation uses for the community and its residents.
McMahon believes that putting in a performance spot would only add to Griffin Park's popularity.
The design of the space would have ties to some local historical areas, the state representative said, including spires that resemble those at Searles Castle.
The stage would provide space for all types of performances, from musicals, bands, acting groups and many others, McMahon said. That includes Windham's own Windham Acting Guild and the Windham Community Band.
McMahon added since earlier attempts to get the plan moving, costs for construction and materials have gone up. An estimated cost to get the job done now might be around $550,000 to $600,000.
Selectmen gave support to the performance stage concept and added input from various performance groups would be welcome, as well as recreation committee members and the town's safety officials.