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Rockland to vote on Dragon Point park

By Stephen Betts | Aug 07, 2019
Photo by: Stephen Betts Rockland plans to grade, seed, install a path and place benches on this property on Atlantic Street owned by Dragon Products.

Rockland — The Rockland City Council will vote Monday night, Aug. 12, on an agreement with Dragon Products for the creation of a park on its land near the South End waterfront.

The property is at 44 Atlantic St., south of Sandy Beach.

The proposed agreement would allow the city to grade the property on the land side of the railroad tracks, seed, install a pathway, and place benches and signs.

The Rockland Harbor Trail Committee has been in negotiations with Dragon for a year, City Manager Tom Luttrell said.

The agreement allows Dragon to terminate the deal at any time with notice to the city.

Harbor Trail Chair Louise MacLellan-Ruf said two donors are willing to donate to put in benches. She said it would be a pocket park that is currently being called Dragon Point.

MacLellan-Ruf credited Annette Naegel for her efforts in bringing the project to this point.

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Comments (9)
Posted by: Valerie Wass | Aug 22, 2019 06:54

It seems that I very rarely get my questioned answered from Councilor Geiger.


Posted by: Valerie Wass | Aug 08, 2019 12:36

Councilor Geiger,

Will there be any costs maintaining and the up keep of the park?  How will this be paid for?

Posted by: Stephen K Carroll | Aug 08, 2019 08:51

" The agreement allows Dragon to terminate the deal at any time with notice".  Has anyone noticed this fine print ?  This doesn't sound like much of a gift ?   Let's first question why Dragon wants to "lend" this land to the city ?  To avoid property tax ?  If they want to give us something (and corporations never give anything without a good reason) then give us the barge facility so we could convert it into a commercial fish pier or a mega-yacht facility.  Let's not rush blindly into this with out a bit more study.

Posted by: C B Bliss | Aug 08, 2019 07:57

Parks are important. Thank you to all who are making this happen. Kudos to the Harbor Trail committee.

Posted by: Gerald A Weinand | Aug 07, 2019 21:06

I assume that this has been discussed for some time, and I'll admit that I am negligent in paying close attention to things, but is this the first time this proposal has been in Village Soup? I'll add that I am typically very supportive of adding new public spaces to our great city, it is not unreasonable to expect that the City will be able to integrate them into the existing network as well as maintain them. Yet another reason for Rockland to hire a city planner.

Posted by: claire perry | Aug 07, 2019 18:23

Good for Rockland.

Thank You: Dragon Cement and to the folks who will be donating benches.



Posted by: Valli Genevieve Geiger | Aug 07, 2019 15:15

No cost Valerie, the Harbor Trail committee is raising the funds.


Posted by: Francis Mazzeo, Jr. | Aug 07, 2019 13:57

Anybody willing to mow the grass and remove the garbage ? We can become Parkland instead of Rockland.

Posted by: Valerie Wass | Aug 07, 2019 13:48

AT WHAT COST????!!!!!!


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