Students build new pavillion at the YMCA

Martha's Vineyard Regional High School building trades students gather at the dedication for the YMCA pavilion they built as a senior project. — Photo courtesy of YMCA of Martha's Vineyard

The YMCA of Martha’s Vineyard unveiled a new outdoor pavillion November 8, built by Martha’s Vineyard Regional High School building trades students, with help from generous Island contractors and a charitable foundation.

Students from all grades spent 22.5 hours per week constructing the 24′ x 40′ pavillion. It was a required community project for the senior class. The students learned hands on construction skills, and project management. The pavillion will provide a safe place for YMCA summer camp activities, and will be available for school functions and community events.

“I feel very good knowing that the pavilion will be used to help out the community,” wrote Aaron Figueroa, a senior building trades student, in a press release announcing the dedication. “I know that it will be used for public events and I know that my little sister will have fun there too, when she goes to some of them.”

The Heckscher Foundation funded the project through a $60,000 grant, with help from many Island businesses and trades people who donated time and materials.

They YMCA created a video to document the project.