Fort Allen Groundbreaking - Oct 2

A message from our Executive Director: We are pleased to announce that Fort Allen Park Rehabilitation project is underway! You may have noticed the orange fencing set up around the perimeter of the Park's boundaries. The entire Fort Allen Park area will become off limits beginning Monday morning September 30th when RE Coleman's construction crews complete securing the area with the closure of the horseshoe drive. For safety and liability reasons this section of the Eastern Promenade will remain closed through the winter months until our anticipated project completion time of June 30, 2014.

The official "Groundbreaking" Ceremony will take place at the top of Fort Allen - opposite Morning St - on Wednesday October 2, 2013 at 5 pm.

On Thursday morning crews will remove existing vegetation, including the remaining evergreen and crabapple trees. The trunks of the cedars, spruce and crabapples will be taken off site and stored at Evergreen Cemetery. There, local artisans who work with wood will be invited to select wood pieces for their designs.

Crews will work to disassemble the current lighting structures around the horseshoe drive and bury utilities before the snow flies. Sidewalk foundations may also get underway as will preliminary measures to re-align the loop road. The amount of work which will be completed this season will depend in part on Mother Nature.

We appreciate your patience while Fort Allen undergoes this historic transformation. We will have much to celebrate with the arrival of spring. Friends of the Eastern Promenade is now raising funds to assist with completing the project by refurbishing the two civil war cannons and the USS Maine cannon. The goal is to have the entire rehabilitation finished to celebrate the Bicentennial of Fort Allen next October 2014!

I hope you will join us and immediately following Groundbreaking - for our 5th Annual Meeting and election of Officers, Wednesday, October 2; 6-8pm at East End Community School.

Sincerely,

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Diane Davison Executive Director