Thomaston, Maine – One of Maine’s most historically rich towns is literally building a path from the past to the future—and the public is invited. Over the past five years, town officials, residents and business owners have created a vision for Thomaston, which includes the redevelopment of the former Maine State prison site at the west end of town.

“When the old Maine State Prison was decommissioned and the walls came down, it created an unprecedented opportunity to create a new gateway into our town”, says Valmore Blastow Jr., Thomaston Town Manager. “From the beginning, we envisioned extending our community in a way that linked past and future, served citizens of all ages and took advantage of the beautiful landscape along the adjacent St. George River. We’re celebrating our vision with a fun family event.”

A new gateway to downtown Thomaston

Thomaston Green Public Celebration, this July 24th, will feature a ribbon cutting ceremony heralding the redevelopment of the site and the opening of the walking trail along the river. As envisioned, the project will include a public central green that will connect Thomaston‘s Main Street to an overlook of the river. Along the Main Street there will be new YMCA whose mission is to service and support all of the people on the south side of Knox County and a number of sites reserved for retail and services for the community. The Portland Based Developers Collaborative is also planning thirty new market rate low maintenance homes on the south side of the tract that will have extraordinary views of the river and be within walking distance of services and the downtown area.

Activities and entertainment for all ages

The celebration will run from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and have a festival atmosphere including food from local vendors, games for the children, music by local entertainers and informational booths for local organizations. Preceding the celebration will be a walk sponsored by the Thomaston Conservation Commission. The walk will commence at 10:00 a.m. from the Town Water Treatment Plant on Booker Street and proceed along the Town Trail to the celebration site. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the walk and free T-Shirts will be awarded to the first 100 participants. The entire Thomaston Green Public Celebration is open to the public and there will be plenty of free parking. “It’s a great opportunity to celebrate who we are as a town and where we are headed together”, says Blastow. “We’d like to extend a welcome to those from out of town, who want to see how great a community we are.”

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