WEST PARIS – After a weekend fundraiser, Town Manager John White says rebuilding the Perham Field grandstand has been scheduled for the summer.

The weekend fundraiser was a dinner with race car driver Ricky Craven. White said it drew 170 people and raised $5,557.

An arson fire leveled the grandstand last summer. Since then members of the West Paris Athletic Association, White and selectmen have been studying ways to rebuild it. The grandstand was built by the Work Projects Administration in 1944.

Reconstruction is estimated to cost $75,000. White said selectmen are turning project planning over to engineer Eric Grondahl of Norway. White said it is hoped to build a new grandstand in the same style and size as the original. The only difference will be a cement slab and frost wall in place of 5-foot-tall support posts. That change was mandated by the Maine Fire Marshal’s Office for safety reasons.

Town insurance, fundraisers and private donations for the effort total about $60,000. The town is accepting donations to round out the $15,000 left to be raised.


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