Knowlton Park fund raising gains momentum



ELLSWORTH — The fund-raising effort for Knowlton Community Park got a $25,000 boost recently with a donation from Bar Harbor Bank & Trust.

Ellsworth Finance Director Tammy Mote said the bank’s financial pledge, which will be made over a three-year period, brings the total amount raised from businesses and individuals to more than $100,000.

That means the fund-raising effort also will receive $100,000 from the Brunswick-based Elmina B. Sewall Foundation. In December, the foundation pledged to match the first $100,000 in private donations to the campaign.

Combined with a $10,000 grant from the Maine Community Foundation, the total amount raised through grants now stands at $110,000.

The total price tag for the park project has been pegged at $1.2 million. Of that amount, the city has already committed $200,000 in engineering, planning and fund-raising costs.

Of the remaining $1 million, officials aim to have half come from businesses and individuals and the other half from foundation and government grants.

The combined to-date tally of $236,825 means the campaign is closing in on the 25 percent mark.

Help Plan Knowlton Park Kickoff Event

On Tuesday, Feb. 26, a meeting will be held to plan a spring kickoff event for the Knowlton Community Park Capital Campaign.

The meeting will take place in the auditorium at Ellsworth City Hall, starting at 5 p.m.

Volunteers are needed to organize, publicize and carry out a community party sometime in May for families and children at the site of the future park.

For more information, contact Penny Weinstein at City Hall (669-6616).

For more community news, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American.

Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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