NAME A BELFAST PARK – DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL DECEMBER 5TH
BELFAST, ME – Those who live in or visit Belfast may be noticing some changes in the unnamed public green space that is situated on Main Street between Northern Lights Gallery, County Copy Center, and Front Street. That’s because Our Town Belfast, the community’s Main Street organization, is wrapping up a grant project aimed at enhancing the space while giving it a real identity as an official park.
In October, Belfast City Council voted to take the space under the jurisdiction of the Parks and Recreation commission and Our Town Belfast set out to find the park a name, seeking input from the public. While more than 65 names were submitted through online polling in October, the deadline has now been extended in favor of gaining more public input, with council preference given to names honoring the history of the area.
“It’s a great time to delve into some history at the Belfast Free Library, or talk to a local historian or friend or family member who has lived in Belfast for a long time,” says Our Town Belfast executive director Breanna Pinkham Bebb. “While all names will be considered, it is was suggested by the Belfast City Council that a name of historic significance would be most ideal.”
Would-be park namers now have until Friday, December 5th to continue sharing their ideas. There will be a dropbox at Belfast City Hall (High Street entrance), which is open most weekdays from 8am to 5pm, Wednesdays from 8-3:30, and an there will be an online poll at www.ourtownbelfast.org. The person who submits the winning name will be given a small token of appreciation from Our Town Belfast; a framed Belfast collage and a t-shirt. Of course, the real honor comes from helping to make local history by naming this new park!
Photo courtesy of Our Town Belfast.
One of the improvements being made to the soon-to-be-named park on Main Street is the installation of a 150 foot long granite and wrought-iron handrail. The grant to fund the park improvements, which was awarded to Our Town Belfast by the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation (with matching funds donated by Rollie’s Bar & Grill in Belfast), was intended to increase accessibility, connectivity, and overall enjoyment of the public space.