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PETERBOROUGH

$20,000 in upgrades planned for park

  • A recently installed sign at the entrance to Wilder-Rotary Park.

    A recently installed sign at the entrance to Wilder-Rotary Park.

  • The Wilder Thermometer building once stood on Hunt Road along the Contoocook River in north Peterborough.

    The Wilder Thermometer building once stood on Hunt Road along the Contoocook River in north Peterborough.

  • A recently installed sign at the entrance to Wilder-Rotary Park.
  • The Wilder Thermometer building once stood on Hunt Road along the Contoocook River in north Peterborough.

PETERBOROUGH — Members of the Peterborough Rotary Club want to add fencing, park benches and picnic tables to the park they have built at the site of the former Wilder thermometer factory on Hunt Road. To do so, they need to raise about $20,000.

In 2009, the town of Peterborough, which owns the land, provided labor and equipment for a project funded by the N.H. Department of Environmental Services and the federal Environmental Protection Agency that removed all traces of mercury contamination at the site alongside the Contoocook River. Two years later, Rotary club members, with help from a team of volunteers at Eastern Mountain Sports, created Wilder-Rotary Park, removing dead trees, brush and debris, opening up the access to the river and seeding the land. Town Highway Department crews cleaned out the factory foundation. A parking area with room for about six cars also went in along Hunt Road.

“It’s a peaceful park,” said Bob Hansen, a Rotary Club member involved with the fundraising effort. “It’s close to Route 202, but it’s just so quiet. Sitting and relaxing; it will be perfect for that.”

The park also offers a good setting off point for exploring the river in canoes and kayaks, with paths leading to launch sites on either side of the North Dam. And it’s been a popular fishing site for many years

Now the Rotary Club wants to install fencing in sections of the park near the dam and add three benches and two picnic tables. The cost, including installation, will be about $20,000, according to Rotary Club member Pam Brenner, who is also Peterborough’s town administrator. So the club has started a fundraising drive. The goal is to unveil a plaque, which will include the names of everyone who donates $100 or more, at a dedication ceremony in 2013.

Brenner said checks can be made payable to Peterborough Rotary Charitable Trust and mialed to Wilder-Rotary Park, Peterborough Rotary Club, P.O. Box 354, Peterborough 03458.

Contributions may also be made online at www.indiegog.con/wilder-rotarypark.

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