Community input invited on Snow Marine Park

By Larry Di Giovanni | Jun 09, 2014
Photo by: Larry Di Giovanni John Holden, Rockland's community development director, points June 6 to the location of Snow Marine Park in relation to the city's Harbor Trail.

Rockland — Snow Marine Park is already a popular place for city residents and visitors to launch their boats, enjoy a picnic, or play soccer or baseball.

A community meeting Tuesday, June 17, from 4 to 6 p.m. in Snow Marine's parking area will discuss future needs of the park that will make it even more inviting, said city Community Development Director John Holden. Members of the Rockland Harbor Commission, Parks Commission, and the Ad Hoc Harbor Trail Committee are all invited to attend, as is the public at large.

The city has received a $6,000 state Shore and Harbor planning grant that will be used to complete design and engineering plans for a newer, better Snow Marine Park boat ramp, he said. The grant is also devised to gather community input on future uses for the park that will involve additional features.

Some ideas could involve additional park benches, tables, an extension of the Harbor Park Trail through the park to the Owls Head city line, or any number of community requests, Holden said.

Baker Design Consulting and MRLD Landscape Architecture and Urbanism will facilitate the dialogue and discussion. Following the session, which will conclude inside the Sail Power & Steam Museum, Baker Design will prepare a memo and conceptual-level sketches of future design options.

For any questions or comments, Holden can be contacted at: jholden@ci.rockland.me.us, or by calling him at 594-0306.

Courier Publications reporter Larry Di Giovanni can be reached at 594-4401 x. 117, or by email at: ldigiovanni@villagesoup.com.

The city has received a $6,000 state Shore and Harbor grant to complete design and engineering plans for the Snow Marine Park boat launch and ramp, Holden said June 6. The lower part of the ramp is in need of repair. (Photo by: Larry Di Giovanni)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Maggie Trout | Jun 09, 2014 13:58

Maybe it's bad wording, but if not, it's baloney that the Members of the Rockland Harbor Commission, Parks Commission, and the Ad Hoc Harbor Trail Committee are all invited to attend - oh yeah - and the public, too.  (Incidentally, unless placed there last night, Sharp's Point couldn't get a sign on Main St. directing people to the place - and the Coastal Children's Museum? - now there's a start.  The City can Economic Development itself - let's not call it "community" development -  in all the other places in Rockland. (How many projects can it handle - well - at once, anyway?)

 

Apart from making it functional for boats, how about leaving it be, if not leaving it be, means dictated walking patterns, the park not being really "local," etc., - more homogenization some people want, but sure as heck, not everyone.

 

Could it be kept to the planting of a couple potential monumental shade trees?  Chestnut trees are urged in the State.  An enclosed dog park, but only because it's already used that way and owners aren't real good about keeping their dogs on-leash.  A covered shelter with grills.  How about using those granite tables and chairs the City bought - 3? years ago? 4? That are... somewhere.. Is there a need for a fish-cleaning station?

Add a merry-go-round. Do nothing but replace the docks.  But whatever is done, let's not have this turn into Main Street East.  Here's a poll -- how many year-round Rockland residents use the Harbor Trail.



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Larry Di Giovanni, a veteran journalist with more than 20 years of experience, is returning to his daily reporting roots in order to cover the city of Rockland for The Courier-Gazette. Originally from Athens, Ohio, his family includes one son, Tony.

Di Giovanni has covered news beats ranging from the city of South Lake Tahoe, Calif., to the largest tribal government in the United States — the Navajo Nation. He has also worked as a writer in the public education and higher education fields. He's an animal enthusiast and loves dogs.

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