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Fundraising begins for a gazebo in Center Ossipee

by Thomas Beeler
Editor of The Granite State News

THE PROPOSED GAZEBO for Main Street Park will be similar to this model from the Amish Country Gazebo website. (Courtesy photo) (click for larger version)
August 21, 2014
OSSIPEE — When the plan of replacing a vacant lot with a park in Center Ossipee was first presented, the intention from the beginning was to erect a building that would become a venue for concerts and special events that would draw people to the new park.

Now, more than five years after the park was dedicated in 2009, the time has come to make that structure a reality,

The Ossipee Main Street Board of Directors has launched a drive to raise $30,000 to construct a gazebo in the park. The building would be rectangular, 20 or 25 feet wide and 14 feet deep, and be provided with electricity and potentially sound hookups. The final design will depend on how much money is raised and how much volunteer labor can be used to prepare the site and help with assembly. The building will come as a kit from Amish Country Gazebos in Manheim, Penn., at a cost of $20,000. The balance of the funds raised will be used for site work and installation.

Once in place it will provide a perfect setting for weddings, picnics, family pictures and other social get-togethers, as well as concerts and plays – all in the park setting, with plenty of space for chairs and blankets in good weather. The annual Tree of Memories can also be placed there.

The Ossipee Main Street Program, founded in 2005, has as its mission "to revitalize the downtown Ossipee community, renewing the friendly hometown atmosphere and encouraging businesses and activities, while emphasizing historic preservation." It's first project was the new park, which has been enhanced over the years with the help of volunteer gardeners, students from Ossipee Central School and the UNH Cooperative Extension, which helped put in a sprinkler system. It also hosts the Ossipee Farmers Market, held every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the park.

Fundraising for the new gazebo has already begun. A giant fundraising thermometer was installed by Sean McManus on the Ossippe Main Street building to the right of the park at 15 Moultonville Road. A mailing appeal to businesses will go out shortly, followed by a general mailing and fundraising events into the fall.

One special opportunity to support the gazebo project is to purchase a paving brick for the gazebo walkway. For $50 you can have the brick inscribed up to three lines, 17 characters per line.

To buy a brick, to volunteer to help or for more information on the gazebo project, call 539-7200 or visit the Ossipee Main Street Program page on Facebook.

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