This past weekend, we were part of a very special local project here in Claremont, New Hampshire, the Jason W. Hagerman Memorial Pavilion. The new 20'X20' timber frame pavilion is being built at the local skate park to honor the memory of Jason Hagerman, a 12 year old boy who passed away in 2008 from injuries suffered during a forklift accident.
Jason (pictured to the left) was passionate about skate boarding and was part of a small group of young kids who were raising money to build the Claremont skate park. Sadly, Jason was not able to see the skate park finished.
The idea to add a pavilion to the skate park was presented to Tracey, Jason's mom, by Norm Lessard, a local business owner who was on the Park and Recreational Board and led the efforts of the construction of the skate park. Since then, Tracey and her partner Mike have been the driving force behind the fundraising for the pavilion. Through events and donations, the couple was able to raise $14,000 in just 3 months.
Several local contractors including Osgood Construction, L.E. Weed & Son, and Davis Frame Company provided labor, materials and equipment free of charge or at a reduced cost. Thevolunteer crew had the frame up in just a matter of hours.Finishing touches will be added over time, such as a plaque that Roy Funeral Home will be donating to go with the pavilion. There are many other local Claremont companies who have donated time, materials and donations to make this project happen.
The pavilion is being built not only to remember Jason, but also so that families can enjoy the park together. Tracey and Mike plan to add picnic tables, grills, horseshoes and landscaping to bring it all together.
We will share more updated photos as the project is being completed!
If you would like to donate to help finish this project (for landscaping and picnic tables) you can make a donation by check, made out to THE JASON W. HAGERMAN MEMORIAL PAVILION, and mailed to: Attention: Tracey and Mike, Maurice Auto and Truck, 299 Washington Street, Claremont, N.H. 03743.