What do a love of performing music and an Eagle Scout project have in common? Well, for David Kerr they have become intertwined, resulting in a desire to build a pavilion as part of the new Davis Park renovation project.
Kerr hopes to provide a place for “families and people to sit and enjoy the new park in a shady spot.” Additionally, the structure will no doubt be in demand as a place for musicians to gather and perform.
Kerr, who will be a senior at Champlain Valley Union (CVU) high school this fall, is also a serious musician, who hopes someday to not only teach music but perform in a jazz band as a saxophonist. Kerr has also been a boy scout for many years, rising up through the ranks. For many years he has expressed his desire to have an outdoor pavilion where individuals or small groups could perform for an appreciative audience. As he says, “I wanted to leave a physical structure in the town. We don’t have a place to play music outside and I think we can really build community by having a space like this.”
The actual pavilion will be 16 x 16 feet. Kerr first began his quest for approval for this Eagle Scout project in March 2011, when as a Life Scout, he began thinking of a project he might complete on behalf of the community. For many years Kerr had envisioned a band shell on the Town Green, which interestingly is in the long range plan, but was not on the agenda at this time.
Kerr then met with Betsy Cieplicki, the Parks & Recreation Director, and the Parks and Recreation Committee to discuss and present his plans for a pavilion as part of the Davis Park renovation. Not only did the Davis Park neighbors enthusiastically accept the proposed pavilion via comments given as feedback from a questionnaire the Shelburne Recreation Committee sent to them, he also received approval from the Design Review Board.
Kerr has begun to preliminary work to prepare the ground for the structure. In addition to pouring concrete footers, he will create a structure that he hopes will be used for many years to come, as well as craft roof rafters. Supplies needed include lumber, cement, nails, shingles, bolts, and footers. Rice Lumber has graciously agreed to supply all needed materials at cost. To that end, Kerr needs to raise approximately $3,000 for the project.
Readers interested in contributing to this project, may send donations to: David Kerr, 38 Spinnaker Lane, Shelburne, VT 05482. Checks should be made out to Troop 602. Your support is truly appreciated.
Kerr hopes to complete the project this fall, in time for a few impromptu concerts before the snow flies.