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Bank of NH Pavilion plans to add pool, 'lazy river' for performers

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By DAVID CARKHUFF

GILFORD — Meadowbrook Farm LLC, the operator of the Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, hopes to attract more performers by installing a private pool and "lazy river" slow-current water ride.

The Gilford Planning Board, on Monday, March 20, at 7 p.m., will review an amended site plan application for this improvement.

In a town vote, about 10 acres of property once owned by Barry Dame that was zoned residential became part of the resort commercial zone.

"They are proposing a lazy river with a pool. That is proposed to be placed mostly on the property that was just rezoned this week," said John Ayer, planning and land use director for Gilford. "The lazy river and pool is intended to be accessible and used only by the performers and their crews, not by the general public."

Associated site improvements including a patio and walkway, security fencing, retaining walls, drainage and landscaping on the property, according to the application.

"It's an amenity they're hoping will add to the allure, the appeal of performing at Meadowbrook," Ayer said.

Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, an outdoor amphitheater with seating for about 9,000, includes 5,746 reserved seats under the pavilion roof and general admission lawn seats.

Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion has lined up several major acts this year.

The 2017 season opens with the Zac Brown Band, May 27-29; and other performances include the Avett Brothers, June 1; Miranda Lambert, The Cadillac Three and Tucker Beathard, June 2-3; Joan Baez, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Indigo Girls, June 16; Bryan Adams, June 17; and Third Eye Blind and Silversun Pickups, June 20. A full schedule is available at banknhpavilion.com.