Donation to fund new community center awaits Troy votingBy MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent
February 17. 2014 8:16PM
TROY — A large private donation will make the construction of a community center possible, if voters approve the project at town meeting this March.
The Samuel E. Paul Community Center would be built at the Samuel E. Paul War Memorial Recreation Area.
Paul was a local doctor back in the 1940s and 50s, said Select Board member William Matson.
Before he moved to California he left money to the town to create the recreation area that is named in his honor.
“He was the village doctor for years and years,” Matson said. “He was greatly loved by the community and he left a donation after he left town for the up keep and creation of a community recreation area for the kids.”
Samuel Paul’s son, Peter Paul, is donating $179,000 to fund the project, which includes a 40 foot by 60 foot multi-use community room.
“His son is carrying on, really just adding to that initial donation,” Matson said. “We’re very happy to have such a generous donation.”
The recreation area is locally known as the Sand Dam, Matson said, and includes a pond, basketball courts, baseball field and a skate park.
The center would have a large main room with a divider for meetings, a full size kitchen, bathrooms, a cellar for storage and parking
This new facility would be ideal for fundraisers, meetings, voting, and special events, according to the town library website.
“It’s going to provide us with a real nice building to have meetings and community events,” Matson said.
The project would also include restoration work to the park, including a new site for the basketball court, an upgraded skate park relocated away from the smaller children’s playground and repairs to the ball field.
There are not that many people around today that remember the impact Paul had on the town, said Matson, whose parents were patients of Paul.
“My parents said he was always a very loving and honest and hardworking kind of guy,” Matson said.
As a child, Matson said his father was a sergeant major in the Marines and the family was stationed in Southern California. While in California, his parents and him made an eight hour drive up to Northern California to visit Paul.
“That’s the kind of impact he had on people,” Matson said. “It’s very nice that we have something to remember him by.”
Other donations are funding the project, but the large donation has invigorated the recreation committee and finished the needed funding.
“It’s got a lot of people excited,” Matson said.
Town meeting is scheduled for March 15.