Improved city park to display public artPark plans fit in with ongoing Harbor Trail project
Rockland — Work is under way on improvements to the Ferry Terminal Park in Rockland, which will include space for three sculptures, according to City Manager James Smith.
Smith said the City Council wants to add more public art to city parks and public spaces, partly as a reflection of Rockland's status as an art destination.
Local museums and artists will be able to display sculptures in the park overlooking the ferry terminal and Rockland Harbor. The work will be selected for the site on a rotating basis. At the moment, there are no plans to either pay or charge the artists to display there, but Smith said it may be rented out to artists in the future.
In addition, the park will include an ornamental tree as a memorial to former, longtime city employee Rebecca Dow. Dow worked in the code office for 25 years and died of cancer in 2012.
The park project is expected to cost between $50,000 and $90,000 when completed. The funding comes from a grant for streetscaping.
Similarly, a sculpture by Warren artist Jay Sawyer will be on display soon at the park at Sandy Beach. Smith said that may be completed by the end of next week.
The ferry terminal project has expended available funds and there are no plans to complete improvements to Winslow-Holbrook Park next to the Brass Compass at Park and Main Streets in the immediate future, according to Smith. There may be some minor improvement work there later.
The city also plans to apply for grants to continue work on the Harbor Trail. This may eventually provide a walkway for pedestrians from Sandy Beach to Snow Marine Park in the South End and to extend the boardwalk toward the Pearl. The project is still in the planning process, according to city officials.
Smith said the hope is to chip away at the project in bite-size pieces.
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