By Carol McCracken
The public is invited to a ‘fence’ cutting ceremony on Wednesday, July 1, 2009 at Ft. Allen Park near the Portland House on the Eastern Promenade. The fence to be cut is the one that separates the Portland Trail along the waterfront from the Park itself. The ceremony begins at 10:o0 a.m. Councilor Kevin J. Donoghue is expected to speak.
“We’ve all been using this path all these years so it’s nice to make it safe and attractive,” said Jamie Parker, trail manager for Portland Trails. The 400 ft. path is made of stone steps with a bench almost mid-way from which to enjoy the waterfront view. At the bottom of the path an 8 ft. split rail fence will be set up to break the exit of people leaving the stone path before reaching the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum & Co. tracks.
The enire path is expected to be completed and ready for use by the annual Fourth of July celebration on the Eastern Promenade. That annual celebration usually draws about about 50,000 people.