by Lisa Tome
While sea lovers flocked to Charlestown's Lot B last Wednesday to park their boat trailers, crews from Nowland quietly began building the town's new concert pavilion on a corner of the property.
According to Charlestown town administrator Wib Pumpaly, the pavilion will measure 33 by 22 feet. It will be made from covered composite materials and will be designed to be maintenance free. It will have a metal roof and tongue and groove ceiling. It is elevated and handicapped accessible. The installation of the pavilion will be the first phase of a multi phase project at Avalon Park. The installation of the pavilion is part of the development of the 5.2 acre parcel of the former basin which was purchased by the town a few years ago for $395,000. But while the stage will be there, the project still has a long way to go explained Pumpaly. The stage had to be built so the town wouldn't lose the $100,000 grant funding provided for that portion of the project. The parking and paths for the area haven't yet been developed.
"We have no idea when the first event will be. The commissioners haven't discussed it. It took two and a half years to get to this point," said Pumpaly. The stage will eventually host weddings, concerts, and other events.