ELLSWORTH — The weather cooperated, the crowd was in high spirits and gratitude was in the air Sunday as city officials formally opened Ellsworth’s newest amenity: Knowlton Park.
Mayor Bob Crosthwaite and Economic Development Director Micki Sumpter recounted the years of planning, fundraising, volunteer effort and donated design and construction that brought about the creation of the 4-acre park at the corner of State Street and Forest Avenue.
A gathering of better than 100 neighbors, city officials and participants in the park’s creation gathered at the scene midday Sunday. Mike Povich’s Fletcher’s Landing Philharmonic provided old time music, the local football team grilled burgers and Darling’s ice cream truck provided free treats. When the philharmonic broke into “While Strolling in the Park One Day” (1884), the ceremony began.
Caitlin McCullough sang the national anthem, Sumpter welcomed one and all and Crosthwaite commenced thanking the many businesses and individuals who made the park a reality. Campaign Co-chairman Jason Barrett also joined in recognizing the park’s heroes, among them:
Chad and Michelle Francis and the family business, Atlantic Landscape Construction; The First (lead gift); First Atlantic Healthcare; Luna Form; R.F. Jordan & Sons Construction, Darling’s Auto, Andrew McCullough (engineering); Bangor Savings Bank; Bar Harbor Bank & Trust; Richard and Helen Dudman (honorary campaign chairmen); Brenda Shelton (campaign co-chairman) and scores of individual donors, Scouts, schoolchildren and volunteers.
The hour-long formalities concluded with Crosthwaite singling out Sumpter, whom he identified at the project’s “field general,” for helping move the project forward.
The park is named after Dr. Charles C. Knowlton, Ellsworth’s consummate community physician, who looked after the health of city residents for 50 years before his death at age 74 in 1959.
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