Paula Simpkins, for the Recreation Department
Help Save the Kimball Lake Cabins
Kimball Lake and its four log cabins are a familiar sight as you enter Hopkinton Village. But did you know that the lake is manmade and the cabins were originally guest houses? Unfortunately, the cabins have fallen into disrepair over the years and now need to have work done to address safety concerns. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation and/or volunteering to help repair these historic cabins.
Dating to the 1930s, the lake and cabins were the vision of Harold Kimball, a devoted fisherman, conservationist, and capitalist who grew up in Hopkinton. The property now belongs to the Town and has been used for ice skating, kayaking, scouting events, and school field trips. In addition, in 2013 the walking trails around Kimball Lake were connected with other nearby trails to form the popular Hopkinton Village Greenway, a 4.5 mile greenbelt trail surrounding Hopkinton Village (click here for more details).
Due to safety concerns, the cabins have been closed by the Town. A committee appointed by the Select Board has developed a multi-phase plan to repair the cabins; the first phase is renovating the porch of the largest cabin and making it handicapped accessible (see conceptual drawing below). A local group of skilled contractors and volunteers have generously agreed to provide the labor; however, $3,500 needs to be raised to pay for the materials. Work will begin as soon as the money is raised, and ideally, will be completed this fall.
Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to help save an important part of our town’s history. Send your tax-deductible donations to the Town of Hopkinton, 330 Main St. Hopkinton, NH 03229. Checks should be made payable to “Town of Hopkinton” with "Kimball Lake Cabins" written on the memo line. If you are interested in donating building materials or volunteering, contact Louise Carr at firstname.lastname@example.org or 746-3370.
Thank you for your help.