Rockland council backs twin downtown parks

Posted April 09, 2013, at 4:16 p.m.

ROCKLAND, Maine — The Rockland City Council gave the green light Monday night to seek bids for contractors to work on one downtown park and to create a second one on Main Street.

The new park would be located on undeveloped city land overlooking the Maine State Ferry Terminal. City Manager James Smith said Tuesday he hopes that work on Ferry Terminal Park will be done before summer.

The new park would be about 100 feet long and about 30 feet deep.

The project will be paid for with what remains of a downtown grant the city received in 2010 to upgrade landscaping, sidewalks and crosswalks downtown.

There is $102,000 remaining in the grant account.

The Rockland Parks Commission and Rockland Main Street Design Committee have developed a plan for both that park and work on the existing Winslow-Holbrook Park on the end of Main Street at the intersection of Park Drive.

Smith said he will now seek bids for the work at both parks.

If there is sufficient money, one addition would be for steps from the ferry terminal to the park so that the park could be connected to the Rockland Harbor Trail. Councilor Elizabeth Dickerson said she was opposed to the steps unless it was made handicapped accessible.

Smith said the park would be accessible from the Main Street sidewalk.