Published DateGILFORD — Members of The Meadows Committee met near one of the the goal posts at the football field yesterday to receive a $10,000 check from the Bank of New Hampshire for a project which will see the current field re-sodded and two multi-purpose fields built.
Committee Chairman Tim Drew said that the field represent the first phase of a project which will eventually see a new concession stand and bathrooms built on the site of one of the buildings at the former farm property which will be torn down.
The Meadows Committee has been working for over 10 years to develop plans for the property, which was donated to the Gilford School District in 2000 by Raymond and Barbara Carye with the stipulation that it be used for educational/recreational programs.
Earlier this year fundraising efforts began for the project, which calls for the current football field to be more or less planed to remove the furrows from its many years of use as farmland, and then re-sodded. Two new multipurpose fields will also be sodded and a well will be drilled which will be used to provide water to the site.
Sue Allen, Gilford School Board chairman and a member of the committee, said that in addition to the $10,000 donation from the Bank of New Hampshire, the committee was able to raise $5,000 at a golf tournament held last month at Pheasant Ridge Country Club.
Ann Nichols, front row, left, senior vice president and senior retail bank officer for the Bank of New Hampshire, presents a $10,000 donation to Sue Allen, chairman of the Gilford School Board and member of the Meadows Committee and Tim Drew, Meadows Committee chairman, front row, right. Also taking part in the presentation were, second row, Mark Corry, a member of the committee; Kent Hemingway, superintendent of schools; Herb Greene, Parks and Recreation director, and Dave Pinkham, Gilford High School athletic director. (Roger Amsden/for The Laconia Daily Sun)