Scoreboard

The Conway Recreation Department would like to find a new home for the 25-year-old scoreboard that is in the Conway Community Building in Center Conway. (FILE PHOTO)

CONWAY — Need to keep score? The Conway Parks and Rec Department has got a deal for you.

Now that Conway Recreation has moved into its new digs at Kennett Middle School, it no longer needs the 25-year-old, fully operational scoreboard that is in the old Conway Community Building, as Infinger Insurance paid for a pair of new scoreboards for the Marshall Gym at the new rec center.

Last year, voters approved moving the center to 22,000 square feet of unused space at the middle school building and restoring a gym from the 1930s.

The topic of the scoreboard came up at a recent Conway selectmen’s meeting during a discussion of “disposition of old chattel at the old rec center.”

The town plans to hold a charrette in the fall to discuss ideas for the old center, including building senior housing or even a brewery on the site.

According to Town Manager Tom Holmes, there’s a lot of stuff still at the old center that won’t be making it over to the new center, which opened for summer day camp in June.

He said the items can be sold at a town yard sale, then offered for free and if there are still no takers, they would be disposed of.

Rotary donated the scoreboard, and it’s still perfectly usable, said Selectman John Colbath.

Rec Director John Eastman said he thinks that the town acquired it about 25 years ago.

“Even at 25 years, that scoreboard is in great shape,” said Eastman. “I’d certainly hate to see it destroyed because it’s in really great shape.”

Eastman said other items that need a home are refrigerators, freezers, furniture and a stove. Playground equipment might also be sold or junked.

He said proceeds from selling the items could go into a recreation fund, which the selectmen control. A yard sale may be held mid-September or early October.

Selectmen voted 5-0 to allow the yard sale.

Eastman said the scoreboard has been maintained and the rec department doesn’t have a use for it because they have two new scoreboards in the middle school that were paid for with donations.

The old community building at 1634 East Main St. lacked potable water and had heating, electrical and ventilation issues.

In addition to being used as a teen center and a rec center, it was also used as the town’s polling place for years.

“I would hate to see the building come down with that in it,” said Eastman.

Anyone interested in the scoreboard may email john@conwayrec.com.

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