Lincoln Park Celebrates Completion of First Phase of Restoration

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The First Couple of Lincoln Park: Sharon and Frank E. Reilly Yesterday Afternoon.

A Group Photo was the Finale!

A Freeport High School Choir Began the Celebration with the Singing of the National Anthem.

Conservator Jonathan Taggart Restored the Fountain at Lincoln Park in Georgetown Last Fall.

Lucas St. Clair, Founder of the New Portland Park Conservancy.  He’s the Son of Roxanne Quimby.

Ethan Hipple, Center with Back to Camera, Director of Portland Parks, was Master of Ceremonies at Celebration.  In the Left Foreground is the Parisian Fountain Brought to Maine and Installed at the Park in 1871.  It Was Restored by Jonathan Taggart Last Fall.  The Granite Base Has Been Reset, Relined and Refitted With Modern Plumbing.

City parks have always been an important part of his life Frank E. Reilly told a crowd yesterday afternoon at Lincoln Park at a  celebration of the completion of the first phase of the restoration of Portland’s oldest park.  Whether it was Central Park or the Golden Gate Park, as a city dweller, parks were important to Frank.  So when he saw the neglected Lincoln Park, he wondered if there were any chance of restoring it to its original condition.  The response from community leaders he asked was in the affirmative.  So the self-described spear carrier rolled up his sleeves and got to work!

Ethan Hipple, Director of Portland Parks, told the crowd that the restoration is not complete.  Twelve more trees will be planted and Worlds Fair Benches are yet to be installed.  Holiday lights for the Park will be provided by Pandora LaCasse, outdoor lighting guru for Portland. Events are planned to help “bring the Park alive,” according to Hipple and will be announced at a later date.

Lincoln Park, originally called Phoenix Park, was established following the disasterous July 4, 1866 fire to provide a fire wall as well as to provide a “common gathering place” for city residents Deb Andrews, of the city’s Historic Preservation Office, said.   The park was the first in the city and the neighborhood came later she said. “This was a cherished place when it was new.”

Portland resident Lucas St. Clair said it was the first fountain that his daughter ever waded in.  He recently established the Portland Park Conservancy, a non-profit, dedicated to enhancing Portland public parks.  He is the son of Roxanne Quimby, co-founder of Burt’s Bees.  A Democrat, he has purchased a home in northern Maine and is running for the US Congress for the Second District.  Go Lucas!

The Reilly’s owned an advertising business in San Francisco.  Frank also acted in more than a dozen feature films  opposite Carol Burnett, Clint Eastwood, Valerie Harper, Elliot Gould, Loni Anderson and others.  The couple moved here about fourteen years ago and became residents of the West End of Portland.

For more background information herein, please see posts dated: 4/9/17, 11/25/16, 11/28/16 and 5/6/13.

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