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New signs for Strathglass Park
RUMFORD -- Visitors entering Strathglass Park will now know exactly where they are and as well as the significance of the 110-year-old brick neighborhood.
New signs serving both as historical and location markers have been erected at the entrances to the park, both Maine Avenue and Hancock Street.
The signs are the latest project of the Strathglass Park Preservation Society, which earlier this year completed a $6,000 project to re-light and repair the Maine Avenue gate, and this summer did extensive repair on the stone wall leading to York Street.
The project began when the preservation society, a non-profit dedicated to the restoration of the park, identified the need for better signage in the Park.
"People were driving into Strathglass Park for the first time and were both amazed and somewhat confused to find row after row of architect-designed brick duplexes," said society vice president Phil Blampied. "Better signage was required, both to let people know where they were and to communicate the significance of the Park."
There is a small brass plaque identifying the Park on one of the Maine Avenue stone pillars, but it is not visible from a passing car, and can only be read close up.
It is hoped that the new signs will remind Strathglass residents and the larger community of the significance of the Park.
"If they are reminded of the Park's historical significance, they may be more likely to offer to help the effort to restore the area," said Blampied.
The signs were installed with the cooperation of the Hope Association, which gave permission for the Hancock Street sign to be put up on its property, and landowner Peter Evans and his property manager Earl Gerrish, who allowed the Maine Avenue sign to be put up on their property. This project, and all the other work completed by the society, has been done with private donations and grants.
More information about the Strathglass Park Preservation Society can be found at its website, http://www.strathglass.org.