Students do the heavy lifting for new pavilion at Speedwell

By on May 11, 2016
Manheim Central CTC student Austin Bradley (in orange) and Warwick's Sam Hash confer on the alignment of support posts for the new pavilion being built beside Speedwell Forge Lake.

Manheim Central CTC student Austin Bradley (in orange) and Warwick’s Sam Hash confer on the alignment of support posts for the new pavilion being built beside Speedwell Forge Lake.

The dam on Hammer Creek isn’t the only thing getting new life as part of the project to rejuvenate and refill Speedwell Forge Lake.

When the lake was drained in 2011, there was a picnic pavilion at the edge of the parking lot on Lakeview Drive, about half-a-mile west of Brubaker Valley Road.

Corey Andrew (in the white hat), a commercial construction/management instructor at the Mount Joy Career and Technology Center, examines plans for a new Speedwell Forge Lake pavilion with Ken Hess. Hess is treasurer of the Lititz Sportsman's Association, which is spearheading the pavilion project.

Corey Andrew (in the white hat), a commercial construction/management instructor at the Mount Joy Career and Technology Center, examines plans for a new Speedwell Forge Lake pavilion with Ken Hess. Hess is treasurer of the Lititz Sportsman’s Association, which is spearheading the pavilion project.

The pavilion was built decades ago by the farmer who owned the land before it was acquired by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission, back when the dam was built in 1966. The pavilion provided a place of respite for fishermen, hikers, and kayakers. The Lititz Sportsman’s Association took over the job of maintaining the pavilion decades ago, but it was showing signs of age when the lake was drained. That event gave the sportsmen an opportunity to tear down the old pavilion and build a new one a few hundred feet to the north of the old site.

With backing from individuals and a number of local businesses, the club recruited labor from the Lancaster County Career and Technology Center in Mount Joy. Corey Andrew, who works with the commercial construction/management program in Mount Joy, picked a group of his students to work on the project, and they’ve been at it, as the weather and their school responsibilities allow, since the first full week in April.

CTC Warwick student Sam Hash (left) gives a guiding assist to Hempfield's Chase Ortiz as they place a support pole for the new pavilion at Speedwell Forge Lake.

CTC Warwick student Sam Hash (left) gives a guiding assist to Hempfield’s Chase Ortiz as they place a support pole for the new pavilion at Speedwell Forge Lake.

Ken Hess, the Sportsman’s treasurer, has been performing the duties of general contractor. He’s on site in all kinds of weather, pitching in whenever he’s needed.

Hess said he hopes the CTC workers will have the pavilion done before the end of their school year, but noted the weather has been less than ideal for construction.

He added that when the project is finished, there’ll be a dedication ceremony to thank all who supported and worked on the project.

Dick Wanner reported on this story for the Record Express. He can be reached at rwanner.eph@lnpnews.com, or by phone at 717-419-4703.

Photos by Dick Wanner.

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