The Muriel Cornish Pavilion at Camarda Park in Carmel collapsed last week, apparently due to the buildup of snow on the roof of the structure, Carmel Supervisor Ken Schmitt said.
The park was closed at the time of the collapse and the pavilion was unoccupied. Carmel officials have been told the loss of the pavilion will be covered under the town’s insurance policy, Schmitt said.
On Tuesday, Schmitt release the following statement:
“On Friday, February 4, 2011, at approximately 1:00 PM, a resident residing on Majestic Ridge Road in the vicinity of Camarda Park, located off Seminary Hill Road in the Hamlet of Carmel, heard a loud noise from the area of the park. Upon further investigation by the homeowner, it appeared that the pavilion had in fact collapsed. Town of Carmel officials were immediately notified of the incident and responded to the scene. Initial investigation revealed that a significant amount of snow and ice from this winter’s multiple snow events had accumulated on the roof of the 50’ x 70’ structure contributing to the subsequent collapse.
Thankfully the park was closed at the time of the incident and the pavilion was unoccupied. The Town’s insurance carrier was notified and responded to the park and immediately began processing a property damage claim. The Town of Carmel was advised on Monday, February 7, 2011 that the loss would be fully covered under the terms of the Town’s insurance policy. This was an extremely unfortunate incident as the cost to construct the pavilion came from a donation made to the Carmel Sports Association and the Town of Carmel by a local resident of the Hamlet of Carmel, Ms. Muriel Cornish, who has been a longtime supporter of youth sports programs for many years.
The construction of the pavilion which was built last year was accomplished totally through the efforts of volunteers that reside in the Hamlet of Carmel. The volunteers are skilled workers representing various professional trades. Many hours and days primarily on weekends were spent building the pavilion. This has magnified the loss and saddened many in the community. The Town Supervisor, Kenneth Schmitt had indicated once the insurance claim has been processed, he will then recommend to the Town Board plans to rebuild the pavilion.”