Through rehabilitation, renovation, and restoration of historical landscapes.


Jacob Cousins Memorial Renovation Project

Unveiled in September 1935, the Jacob Cousins Memorial was part of an ongoing nationwide effort to highlight both the patriotism of Jewish Americans and their contribution during times of conflict. The memorial is a key artifact in the history of the Jewish community in southern Maine linking past to present and inspiring visitors to remember, respect and contemplate the cost of war.  

In its current state the memorial is difficult to view and appreciate as it faces directly onto Eastern promenade Drive. Friends of the Eastern promenade is raising funds to redesign this historic landmark. 


Fort Allen Park Rehabilitation Project

In 2011 Friends of the Eastern Promenade led the comprehensive undertaking of the rehabilitation of Fort Allen Park to restore the landscape, preserve historical monuments, enhance pedestrian circulation and accessibility, and rejuvenate the bandstand. The signature “park within the park” at the south-eastern tip of the Eastern Promenade is now also adorned with interpretive panels to inform visitors about the park's rich history, Casco Bay harbor defense, and general navigation. In partnership with the City of Portland, and with the generous support from local businesses and residents, the rehabilitation project restored many of Fort Allen Park's visual features and design elements that distinguished the park from 1890 to 1930, identified as the park’s period of greatest historical significance. 

Stewards of the Park

The Fort Allen Rehabilitation Project was made possible through the generous support of numerous partners and supporters. Major funding was provided by the City of Portland, the Boulos Family, Martin’s Point Health Care, the Davis Family Foundation, Norway Savings Bank, Edmund Gardner III, Crandall Toothaker, and an Anonymous “Friend.” Friends of the Eastern Promenade extends sincere thanks to the dozens of individuals who contributed to the Fort Allen Rehabilitation Park capital fund, and whose generosity was essential to the project’s success.

Calendar Club Members

Friends of the Eastern Promenade Bench

Generously donated by Board Members, 2006 - 2016      

Stephanie Albert
Richard Anderson
Andrea Andrus
Ann Archino-Howe
David Body
Katie Brown
George Campbell
Tina Campidelli
Trevor Coyne
Diane Davison
Aynne Doil
Tica Douglas
Ed Gardner
Dan Haley
Eric Handley
Bill Jabine
Matthew Kennedy


Tom Leonhardt
Cynthia Murray/Believeau
Del Nickerson
Joe Piergrossi, Jr.
Erin Piper
Mary Roy
Shawnee Sax
Cami Smalley
Nathan Smith
Sharon Sudbay
Joe Sukaskas
Joyce Wethington-Knight
R. John Wuesthoff
Carolyn Young
Caron Zand

with special thanks to Mary Noyes for creating this Board bench challenge and matching funds raised  

Name A Bench ~ Recognize a Loved One ~ Honor a Friend

Six World's Fair benches are still available for recognition allowing reflection and inspiration for all who visit the Jacob Cousins Memorial. Sit, relax and enjoy spectacular views to the northeast from the semi-circular plaza to be created at this popular park entrance. The renovation provides a more dignified setting befitting recognition of Maine's first Jewish soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War I. 

These timeless, commemorative benches intended for placement at the Jacob Cousins Memorial are $5,000 and directly support completion of this historic undertaking.  100% of your contribution is tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.

Name a Bench

Plaque inscriptions are in bronze and allow for 3 lines of text with 21 characters per line. The benches are made from cast iron and Brazilian walnut hardwood (also called “Ipe” pronounced ee-pay).  This wood is an environmentally responsible choice that naturally resists rot, decay, insects, and mold without the use of toxic chemicals.

Bicentennial & Beyond Initiative

We would like to thank those who generously invested in Friends of the Eastern Promenade’s Bicentennial & Beyond Initiative.  Your participation in this multi-year pledge program directly impacted our structural growth and advancement of strategic goals.

Because of you…..
In 2013 we were able to increase our level of organizational and philanthropic resources by hiring a part-time Executive Director and successfully launch the Capital Campaign for actualizing the Fort Allen Rehabilitation Project.

Because of you…..
The Fort Allen Rehabilitation Project included return of the historic cannons and celebrated a most worthy recognition of Fort Allen’s Bicentennial in 2014.

Because of you……
We are now poised to move “beyond” and provide improved safety and access at Portland’s recreational gateway to Casco Bay. The East End Waterfront Access Project (EEWAP) seeks to enhance use for all forms of personal, non-motorized watercraft.   

Thank you!

Our Supporters


Valerie Birnhak
Greg Boulos & Naela Smith
George Campbell Jr.
Francis Cloutier
Diane Dombrowski
Edmund S. Gardner
Cyrus & Patricia Hagge
Matthew Kennedy & Lori Parham
Peter & Pam Macomber
Harry McMann
Mary Noyes
Joe Piergrossi & Trevor Coyne
Crandall Toothaker
Carolyn & Randy Young

Eugene & Huguette Davis
Aynne Doil
Phyllis Jalbert
Guy, Stella, & Antonio Hernandez
Marcie & Eric Lister
Norm & Sally Nelson
Anne & Dale Rand
United Insurance – Haley Agency

Amy Alward Insurance Agency
Aquarius Property Management
Patricia McGraw Anderson
Peter Bass & Lin Lisberger
Joshua Broder & Eliza Ginn
Frances Buerkens & William M. Ginn
Nan Cumming & Drew Masterman
Peter & Kathleen Dane
Diane & Jeffery Davison
Kristen Lape & Jaime Isaacson
Lynne Panico
R. John & Betty Wuesthoff
Rob & Robin Whitten

Other Contributors
Deb & Edward Andrews
Paul & Dale Cronin
Eric & Betsey Handley
Decorum Hardware and Specialty Lighting
Mateo Hodo
Bill & Deb Jabine
Tom & Amy Landry
Peter & Deb Murray
Terry Odlin
Cami Smalley & Pete Risano
Jeff Wright