Millinocket OKs $345G grant application

Posted Feb. 27, 2009, at 5:45 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:03 a.m.

MILLINOCKET — A neglected patch of land at Central Street and Forest Avenue overlooking Millinocket Stream will be revitalized if Town Councilor David Cyr’s plan is awarded a $345,000 grant.

At Cyr’s urging, Millinocket was due to apply Friday for the U.S. Department of Agriculture rural development grant that would pay for what he has called Forest Avenue Park. The council voted unanimously to approve the application on Thursday.

It has for several years been a dream of his, Cyr told councilors at their meeting Thursday, to create a park from a roughly two-acre patch of alders and scrub brush on Forest Avenue near the stream and the Central Street bridge.

His plan: to remove trees, alders and other scrub from the parcel, which is two or three acres; use fill provided by Public Works Department workers to bury the Forest Avenue culverts and elevate the park out of the river’s flood plain; and then to level, grass and replant the area to create a park.

If the grant comes, the work would cost the town nothing save perhaps in-kind services provided by Public Works, Cyr said.

“I don’t see a downside to this,” Cyr told councilors on Thursday. “It is a grant. It doesn’t require a match. If it did, we would have the money to pay for it.”

Park benches, a parking lot, handicapped-accessible bathrooms and other amenities would finish the park.

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