WILMINGTON -- Repairs are in progress at the pergola park in downtown Wilmington.
"We're trying to extend the life span a bit," said Wilmington Town Manager Scott Murphy, of the park that sits along the Deerfield River.
On Oct. 23, Murphy told the Reformer that the weather has changed considerably for the outside work. He said that on Monday workers had arrived wearing shorts, and by Wednesday they were wearing gloves and hats.
The repairs are slated to be completed by the end of the week. It is part of some preservation detail at the park, where an inspection in April had shown some decay in posts and beams.
"We don't want it to fall into the river," said Murphy.
The pergola park is located diagonally across from the Town Offices on Main Street by the traffic lights. It contains a stone front, stairs and plantings. The posts and beams are made of wood, which was locally produced.
The park has been a fixture for about three years, replacing the bank building that burned down. It was designed by local architect Joseph Cincotta.
Not every resident has supported the park from the beginning.
"When it was built, it caused quite a ruckus in town," said Murphy. "There were several townwide, hall-filled meetings about it. Since then, I think people have gotten used to the design."
Some people didn't agree that the park fit in the historic district, which has guidelines that development must fit into.
The park survived through Tropical Storm Irene and other high water events. It also had been damaged by people.
A week earlier, Murphy had announced to the Selectboard that workers would arrive in town to repair posts in the park, which he said has won several design and architecture awards.
When asked about the costs, Murphy wasn't sure entirely how it would all be covered.
"We're not sure yet because we don't know exactly what to do," he said. "The initial cost was over $5,000 but we're not going that far. We need to do some preservation work."
Mostly, the repairs had to do with making sure the posts were no longer "in danger of falling down."
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