Town turns dump into new park

By Beth A. Birmingham | Jul 30, 2014
Photo by: Beth A. Birmingham Peter Lammert, Mike Janczura and Brandon Allen plant one of nine trees along the road leading into the new Mill River Park in Thomaston July 29. The trees were donated by Dutton Nursery of Morrill.

Thomaston — An area that use to be the old dump on Fish Street is being turned into a new park.

The property has been vacant since the dump was discontinued in 1957, according to John Fancy, superintendent of Pollution Control Department.

"The site has very nice views of both the Mill River and St. George River," said Fancy, who was at the Mill River Park July 29 to oversee the installation of trees that had been gifted to the Thomaston Conservation Committee three years ago by Dutton Nursery in Morrill.

Fancy said turning the site into a park was made possible through a grant from the Maine Outdoor Heritage Fund.

"The $10,000 is a start," said Fancy, who said the park is one of the town's projects to expand and improve the area. The Thomaston Green was done in 2010 and Mayo Park was completed in 1998, according to Fancy.

A hiking path, benches and a lawn area will be added to the Mill River Park for starters, said Fancy. Picnic tables may be added as well.

The hiking path will attach to the Thomaston Village Trail, which is part of the Georges Highland Path, making the park a destination place along the route.

"In 15 or 20 years in the fall this will be beautiful," said Peter Lammert, town tree warden.

Lammert said Dutton Nursery donated a total of 16 trees to the town, at a value of approximately $800 to $1,000 apiece.

Mill River Park received nine of those — seven sugar and red maples and two crabtrees, according to Lammert.

Courier Publications reporter Beth A. Birmingham can be reached at 594-4401 ext. 125 or via email at bbirmingham@courierpublicationsllc.com.

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Beth Birmingham
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Beth rejoined Courier Publications' news staff in February 2013. She previously worked at The Courier-Gazette from 1981 to 1990.

Her coverage area includes Warren, Union, Friendship, Waldoboro, Washington, and Thomaston and RSU40.

Beth has a passion for photography, and a degree from the University of Maine at Augusta, in affiliation with the Maine Photographic Workshop in Rockport.

Aside from photography, Beth enjoys running and walks along the waterfront, as well as other outdoor activities. She has a daughter, Claire, who is 14.

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