LINCOLN, Maine — Residents can get the first use of 10.6 acres off Route 6 bought for public recreation in 2007 when the town’s new skating pond opens this weekend.
Public Works Department workers were spraying the shallow pond with a last coat of water on Friday, Town Manager Lisa Goodwin said.
“It should be ready to go on Sunday,” Goodwin said. “It is going to create excitement for the future development of that land when you go on the land and can begin to see how it might all come together.”
The skating area is the first construction on the land since it was acquired from residents Addison Furrow Jr. and his mother, Sandra, in June 2007. They sold the parcel at what town officials called a generously low price, $95,000, and donated $20,000 toward building a recreation center there.
The Lincoln Community Recreational Center Trust Fund was created in 2002. Center construction cost estimates have gone as high as $6.7 million, but town leaders want to cut back that ambitious design to something more manageable. As of Jan. 1, the fund had $389,500. Recreation center proponents have pledged that they would use grant money or donations, not town tax dollars, to build the center.
The center’s construction has no timeline or estimated start date, and the fund lacks enough money to begin construction, but the effort got a significant boost when WT Gardner & Sons Inc. of Lincoln contributed to it last month by clearing site land and building about 300 feet of road to town regulations, plus drainage ditches.
The donation is worth as much as $20,000, company officials said.
The skating area won’t have lights for another week or so, Goodwin said. Bangor Hydro-Electric Co. has to run electrical lines to a utility pole installed on the land by E.H. Graham & Son construction.
Goodwin also hopes to finish a request for proposals from architects and engineers to work up a cost estimate and preliminary building plan for the recreation center. She hopes to finish the request sometime next month so that the Town Council can hire someone by April, she said.