Marion’s Camp Project nets $150K donation
Smith said the town was contemplating tearing Goddard Lodge at Marion’s Camp and replacing it with a tent and commemorative kiosk about the camp’s history. Smith said this situation took a turn for the better this week when an anonymous donor came forward with a donation of $150,000 with a request the town match this amount.
The town administrator said the town is applying for grants in the hope of doing that. He said that it’s put a whole new life into the survival of Goddard Lodge. Smith credited stories that ran in this paper and the Worcester daily as having a positive effect.
He said the town is also setting up a tax deductable account that people can to for this effort. He said he plans to take the $50,000 appropriated by town meeting to go out and bid on the design work for Goddard Lodge, though he said he did not plan to spend more than $30,000 on design. “This is really great news for the town,” Smith said.
Chizy said it was nice to see the town had citizens who could come up with money when the town needed it. Selectman John Hebert praised Smith for his insight in taking the $50,000 to use for design work. He thought once the design of Goddard Lodge was done other people would come help. He also suggested selling commemorative bricks as one way of raising money. Hall said that it was important to thank the anonymous donor who had made this all possible. He praised the work by town planner Jen Hager on this project. He suggested that everyone look at it and consider donating.