2014-10-17 / Front Page

Park to be renamed

By Alex Acquisto
Staff Writer

KENNEBUNKPORT — Beachwood Park will be renamed Rotary Park at Beachwood and dedicated Saturday, Oct. 18. The public is invited to the dedication, which begins at 10 a.m.

The Kennebunk Portside Rotary Club has been devoting volunteer services for four years at the park, which is located in front of the highway department on Beachwood Avenue. Rotarians will be present at the dedication to point out aspects of the park that have been revived.

“Because of their involvement with both money and manpower, we decided to rename the park in their honor,” said Carol Cook, parks and recreation director.

Portside Rotarians have aided with “issues that take a lot of time and make a lot of difference but that hadn’t been happening in recent history,” Cook said.

Kennebunkport has five town-owned parks, including Beachwood, and only two others have playgrounds — Parson’s Field and Cape Porpoise Firemen’s Park. In addition to a playground, Beachwood also boasts two tennis courts and a basketball court. The park is slightly bigger than an acre.

In terms of manpower, Rotarians have aided in pulling weeds, moving the swing set closer to the playground, and buying and planting shrubs and perennials.

“Every year we do a project over there (which includes) cleaning up and just keeping it in good shape. We provided the nice picnic benches,” said Cornelia Stockman, Portside Rotary president.

Rotarians provide a general clean up in the spring and the fall.

“Parks and rec and the town does the rest of the upkeep — we do mainly things that are time consuming like weeding the gardens,” Stockman said.

Since 2010, each year Rotary has had a fundraiser to benefit the park. The last one raised about $2,500, Stockman said. “Our hope is to eventually get an outdoor facility for toilets.”

The Rotary also provided the town with the chiseled granite sign with the new park name, and the town installed it.

“Their help has been most appreciated,” Cook said.

“The place has really improved a great deal, making it something people want to go to,” Stockman said.

The dedication festivities will include wagon rides by Rockin’ Horse Stable, snacks such as popcorn, apples, cookies, and games such as croquet, Bocce Vall and Pickle Ball. For more information, visit www.Kennebunkportme.gov.

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