Friends of Lincoln Park

“Let us secure for ourselves and for our children a beauty spot in the midst of our growing city – a breathing place for all the thousands who are to come after us.” — Portland Transcript, 1856

Completion of Phase I

Phase I of our restoration plan has been a success! This was a five-year fundraising project that achieved the following results:

  • Complete restoration of the 1870 French fountain by Sculpture Conservator Jonathan Taggart!
  • The City of Portland replaced the pathways throughout the Park with traditional aggregate reflecting the original 1866 design!
  • Sixteen brand-new World's Fair benches were added to the Park, with thirteen more on order!
  • We have electricity in the Park for the first time in its history!
  • We inaugurated Pandora's Winter Lights in the Park in December!
  • Design work has begun on the two Victorian gardens near Pearl Street!
  • We were successful in getting Lincoln Park included in the Portland Downtown district!

None of this could have been done without the support, generosity, and encouragement of many people and organizations: the City of Portland, the Portland Public Art Committee, our Trustees, grant donors, and individual donations ranging from $10 on up. Thank you all!

Friends of Lincoln Park is now entering Phase II of our Master Plan, which calls for the total restoration of this historic landmark:

  • The City of Portland is to undertake the refurbishment of the wrought-iron fencing and granite piers section by section, slated to begin next spring!
  • New Personalized Bench Campaign: we are seeking private and corporate donors to sponsor a $5,000 engraved bench!
  • Completion of the two Victorian Gardens, with perennial and annual flowers and plants!
  • Securing donors to continue Pandora's Winter Lighting each year!
  • Scheduling special events throughout the year!

We all have a lot to celebrate in our joint efforts to see this historic landmark restored to its original glory, so please continue with your outstanding work in seeing the completion of our goal.

Thank you again!

Frank E. Reilly

Sharon S. Reilly
Secretary Treasurer, Trustee

Trustees: Noni Ames, Barbara Harvey, Don Head, Jeff Tarling

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Friends of Lincoln Park • 168 York Street • Portland, Maine, 04101