Town and Village

Guilford park project raises timber frame pavilion on Feb. 20, 21

GUILFORD — The public is invited to stop by the Guilford Community Park site Monday, Feb. 20 (President’s Day), and Tuesday, Feb. 21, to watch the timber frame Pavilion raised by builders from Vermont Natural Homes, who will be using a large crane. A bonfire will be lit both days, with soups and baguettes provided for all onlookers.

Dunham Rowley is chair of the committee that has worked for over a year on the plans to build a park complete with green spaces, a pavilion, a walking labyrinth, children’s play area with a slide and swings, a basketball half-court and net, and fire pit.

The park is located behind the Country Store, alongside the Community Church, in the center of Algiers Village.

According to Rowley, anyone who donated $100 or more during the campaign can pick up their timber peg at that time, sign it, and possibly be able to drive it in the assembly. The rafters were delivered Friday, and site preparation for the timber frame will be underway the week of February 13.

The vision for this park is one in which people of all ages can socialize and foster community through shared recreational experiences, according to Rowley.

“The large and artfully designed timber-frame pavilion will accommodate community events such as concerts, weddings, family reunions, and a host of other activities making use of the amphitheater seating,” he said.

“Simple, yet elegant,” is how Rowley describes the future park. “A labyrinth will be set into the ground for a meditative walk using the classic seven-circuit design inspired by ancient mystics and used across Europe and the United States.”

To donate to the creation of the park on-line, visit or mail a check to Community Collaborative for Guilford (CC4G), 475E Coolidge Highway, Guilford, VT 05301 with “Guilford Community Park (GCP)” in the memo line. Donations are tax-deductible. For more information, call 802)-579-4572 or email [email protected].

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