Pond hockey guy now planning paddle boat races from Weirs Beach

LACONIA — Scott Crowther of EKAL Events, the enterprise that brought a massive, colorful pond hockey tournament to Meredith Bay, intends to bring stand-up paddle boat racing to Weirs Beach.
The Parks and Recreation Commission last night approved Crowther's application to stage the event on September 13, 14 and 15. Crowther told the commission that competitors could race as far as Meredith as well as to several islands.
Kevin Dunleavy, director of parks and recreation, said that because the event will include fundraising along with vendors, it will require approvals from the City Council and Licensing Board. He said that Crowther will return to the commission in June with a comprehensive plan for the event.
NOTE: The Parks and Recreation Commission approved a proposal from Director of Parks and Recreation Kevin Dunleavy to permit the launching of kayaks and canoes from the beach at Opechee Cove. He assured the commissioners that the launching area would be appropriately separated from the swimming area. . . . . . Dunleavy told the commission that he will ask the City Council for funding to replace the roofs on the park houses at Leavitt Park and Tardif Park, along with the roof at City Hall. In addition, the Leavitt Park house requires a fresh coat of paint as well as the removal of existing lead paint. Dunleavy estimated that the projects, including the painting, could be completed for $98,000 with metal roofs and $68,000 with asphalt roofs. He said that a reserve fund for repairs and maintenance of municipal buildings has a current balance of approximately $200,000.