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Newly Renovated Junction Park Opens Today, 6/20/13!

posted Jun 18, 2013, 12:57 PM by Kitty Smith   [ updated Jun 18, 2013, 1:02 PM by Janice Ward ]
This Thursday, June 20, 2013, at 9 AM (rain or shine) we will celebrate the Opening of completely renovated Junction Park in West Concord. We hope that you will join us for this exciting occasion which marks the culmination of literally YEARS of successful and enjoyable collaboration between the Green Thumbs and Concord Public Works. The new Park, which includes the latest in sustainable and low impact landscape and hardscape, will provide a wonderfully welcome and friendly entrance to our Village.
In all of the excitement and enthusiasm over the new trees and splendid new perennial gardens (in which the hand of the Green Thumbs can easily be seen) it is important that we recognize that this space---owned jointly by the MBTA and the Town of Concord—is in what was the most vibrant area of Concord in the late 19th century when around 125 railroad trains traveled daily through this Junction, both North/South and East/West. It was even the southern most stop from Montreal! We should not overlook its historical signficance, marked by the monument near the simulated railroad crossing inside the new seating circle. We hasten to note that this crossing does NOT mark the actual junction which, of course, occurred where the now East-West trains run, but is symbolic of this very vital spot. West Concord burst with pride in the heady days of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.
It is fitting that West Concord is again bursting with pride in its vibrant Center. Happily, the West Concord Green Thumbs have done their bit to help with this resurgence. And it is for this reason that we hope that many of you will join us for this brief ceremony (and refreshments!) to mark the event.
Dorrie Kehoe