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Community corner and pavilion to highlight Stephenville’s development


A Community Corner that will focus on the early development of Stephenville is now taking shape with the construction of a pavilion on site.

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Employees of Boyd and Bungay Construction Limited in Stephenville are seen working on a pavilion inside a community corner in Blanche Brook Park. Chris Young is seen on top of the ladder fastening down the top piece of timber on a continuous bolt while Lawrence Young steadies the ladder from the bottom.

Employees of Boyd and Bungay Construction were busy this week putting up the timber that forms the pavilion, which will highlight Stephenville’s growth and development as a town.

The Jerome M. Delaney Pavilion is located in a “community corner” on the corner of St. George’s Avenue Extension and White’s Avenue Extension in Blanche Brook Park — outside the berm built in the area after the 2005 Stephenville flood.

Deborah Coughlin, a consultant hired by the Stephenville Cultural Destination Committee, said while the pavilion honours the work of Delaney and his contribution to the community, it will also focus on the early mayors of the town and other characters who have in some manner influenced the municipality’s growth and development.

A stoned wall area forming the community corner measures 32 meters long by 12 meters wide, with the pavilion located on the upper level measuring 17 and a half feet by 20 feet.

While the block work has been completed, work in the spring will include putting in walkways around the pavilion and the installation of benches and planters.

Richard Brake, who is overseeing the construction of the community corner, is pleased with the latest phase of construction and is looking forward to a steel roof going on the pavilion and storyboards eventually being installed.

“A sizeable donation by The Delaney family has made the project possible,” Coughlin said, but couldn’t put a figure on it due to ongoing work and materials.

While 2016 is aimed at celebrations recognizing the 50th Anniversary of the closing of the Ernest Harmon Air Force Base in Stephenville, she said it’s the start but certainly not the end of development throughout the town.

“People can expect to see additional structures that will reflect the history and past of the town and former base in subsequent years as the Stephenville Cultural Development Committee continues with its plan to develop cultural tourism in the town,” Coughlin said.

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