The major donation was announced by Deputy Mayor
The project would update existing conditions of the park near the
Kittery-based terra firma landscape architecture provides a description of the redesigned area stating traditional playground features such as swings and slides would better mix with other non-traditional features like a stump walk, waterfall pumps, music features and garden beds.
In addition to recognition and thanks given to the anonymous donor, the same was given by City Manager
Joyal said Bird's dedication to the community and being part of it, having raised his children here as well, is part of what made him deserving of the honor.
Members of the city
"I wish they were in costume," he joked, adding that anyone who has had the pleasure of either seeing a performance or hearing the collection of songs recorded from it would know how well-received it is.
"I think it's important to recognize or important to acknowledge that they do it for their community and their dedication to children in the community," Joyal said.
None of those performing in the production, a show created from start to finish by members of the department over hundreds of hours, are paid to do so.
"It's an incredible amount of work but this is also a musical program they present and there's amazing talent hidden in our firefighters here," Joyal said.
A public hearing was also held regarding awarding a bid of just over
That meeting will be in conjunction with the Heritage District Committee, which is working currently to rework zoning regulations to preserve the historic character of neighborhoods in that area.
"One of the things that I would like to request is that we have a hearing before this vote," he said. "We're talking about a
"I'm in full support of the project but I really do not believe it would be appropriate to go forward on
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