The Dom Ferretti Pavilion at Peckham Park in Middlefield recently underwent some much-needed updates such as replacing the cedar shingle roof with a new metal roof and replacing the concrete pavers along the outside of the pavilion. The project started in April and has been ongoing the past three months.
The town of Middlefield didn’t shoulder the entire cost of the project.
“The Lions Club donated a new concrete paver walkway from the handicap parking area to the pavilion,” said Edward Bailey, Middlefield first selectman.
The Lions Club constructed the pavilion back in 2003 in an effort to create “a common space to accommodate the outdoor social and athletic needs of our community,” according to its website.
Middlefield Parks and Recreation director, Hannah Malcolm, she had “noticed stuff that needed to be changed.” This included the leaky roof and pavers that had begun to settle.
“We decided that metal would be the best option for the roof because it would last longer with less maintenance,” Malcolm said. “We figure that this roof will last us about 50 years.”
The roof, which was repaired by Neil Jones Home Improvements of Durham, cost the town about $19,000. However, Malcolm believes this investment is a good one, given the town won’t have to pay to maintain the cedar shingles of the old roof.
Malcolm said the next step will be staining the bottom boards of the pavilion as well other repairs that may be needed due to water damage as a result of the leaky roof.
After these improvements have been completed, Bailey said he doesn’t foresee any further work to the park pavilion.