Friends of the Eastern Promenade has received a $20,000 grant from the Davis Family Foundation to help fund the design phase of the restoration of Fort Allen Park, one of Portland’s beloved historic landscapes. The project includes the restoration of the two Civil War cannons and the wrought iron fence, lighting, landscaping and painting the bandstand that overlooks Casco Bay. Fort Allen Park, located at the southeastern edge of the Eastern Promenade, is home to the original site of Fort Allen, constructed in 1814 to protect Portland’s harbor. The original earthen gun embankments still exist today. Fort Allen Park was purchased by the city of Portland in 1890. The park’s commanding overlook of the harbor and the islands of Casco Bay soon became one of the city’s top tourist attractions. Over time, Fort Allen Park became home to a number of historic monuments, including the Civil War Monument, the USS Maine Memorial Cannon, the USS Portland Memorial, the Arctic Campaign Memorial and the 9/11 Memorial, in addition to two Civil War cannons.
“We are so thankful to the Davis Family Foundation for their support of this significant restoration project,” said Diane Davison, president of Friends of the Eastern Promenade. “Fort Allen is a treasured destination for both locals and people visiting our city and deserves the best we can provide for ensuring the enjoyment of future generations.”
FoEP has hired the design team of Martha Lyon and Regina Leonard to research and design the project. Martha Lyon Landscape Architecture specializes in the treatment of historic landscapes. Regina Leonard, in addition to her extensive experience in this field, worked with FoEP to design both the Fort Allen and Loring Memorial Trails on the Eastern Promenade. The goal is to complete work in time for Fort Allen’s bicentennial celebration in the fall of 2014.
Friends of the Eastern Promenade is a nonprofit community organization committed to preserving the Park's significant historic public landscape, protecting its environmental integrity, and enhancing its recreational use. For more information, visit easternpromenade.org.
The Davis Family Foundation is a public charitable foundation established by Phyllis C. Davis and H. Halsey Davis of Falmouth, Maine, to support educational, medical and cultural/arts organizations located primarily in Maine.