Mark Damsell has done it again, through direct action he continues to demonstrate his love and respect for the Swasey Parkway. Mark also keeps his eye on Route 85 with his one man trash cleanup every year, from end to end. Doozie has been inquiring about this boulder every time we float by on the River. I had no answer for her.
I am sure many others were wondering as well. A giant boulder in of itself is not much of a landscape feature though it’s widely used.
We might have figured Damsell had a hand in the mysterious boulder.
Well, today we get to see the finished product of Mark Damsell’s efforts . The stone cutter is just about ready to begin sandblasting the face of the 6 ton boulder with a Welcome message. It might be all done by the Farmers Market today, so stroll on down.
The boulder was donated by a fellow in Kensington.
Another gent brought his backhoe over to provide a depression in which to place the stone.
Al’s Automotive weighed in with a big wrecker to haul and place.
A local organization quietly provided some monies.
It’s done, well, almost.
The tape marks the location of a bronze plaque with a simple engraving. The name of Ambrose Swasey and the date the Park was opened.
Bravo Mark Damsell!
The Swasey Parkway Trustees are just coming up with all sorts of ideas! The best one mentioned in today’s paper, was archiving the historical photo’s of our beautiful sanctuary.
That’s a brilliant idea, so future generations can see what the Parkway looked like prior to the tenure of the current trustees.
This Park has been here since the 1700’s. It has always been ringed by a cluster of homes. There was also a store at one time. I think it was in the Bendroth Manse. Doug Dicey told me that he once screened movies in the Summer on the Green. Nice. It’s a jewel in our system and is well taken care of by the crew. The ice skating was wonderful this year, and the lawn that was damaged over the Winter was repaired today. The Park & Recreation crew also repaired damage by the sidewalk plow to the median between the sidewalk and Epping Road. This is my neighborhood and I wondered who was going to do the repair of that area. It was all new since the water main project was completed. In the old days this would have been an issue between Park & Recreation and the Highway Dept. It was good to see the Park Crew just got it done, no hot potato . Here is little tidbit. When a developer “gives back” to the Community to satisfy the Planning Board. He often will donate a little triangle of grass. The Park & Recreation Crew has to cut it.
The water main project is completed. I think the Park would look much better with the Project Billboard removed,a year is long enough.
Oh, by the way, no dogs are allowed on the Park Street Common. The Swasey as well and I hope the placement of the doggie poop bag station at the Water Street end of the Swasey does not confuse visitors with dogs. There is actually a hefty fine. You know a hundred here and a hundred there we could be talking some pretty good revenue! I read the State is actually going to double speeding fines. Watch your speed and pick up the poop this Summer.