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Head of Tide Park Grand Opening
June 2, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 4:30 pm
This is an event presented by the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust.
We are looking forward to a day of outings (nature walks, history talks, hikes, and more) culminating with a ribbon cutting ceremony at Head of Tide Park at 4:00 pm. We hope you will join us to celebrate the grand opening of Topsham’s only waterfront park on the Cathance River!
After more than 12 years of planning, acquiring multiple parcels of land, and building the park, it is no exaggeration to say it took a village to create Topsham’s first waterfront park on the Cathance River. This impressive community project started with the generous act of one woman, Elizabeth Kelso, and its success is an affirmation of the committed partnership between the Town of Topsham and Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust, to say nothing of the generosity, hard work, and determination of countless individuals and organizations, and funding from local, state, and federal sources.
Spanning 12 acres of land on both banks of the Cathance River, Head of Tide Park is situated above and below the waterfall that is the highest tidal reach of the river. The Park came together through a complicated series of land transactions that began with Elizabeth Kelso’s bequest leaving a 1/3 interest in her property to the Cathance River Education Alliance (CREA). Then CREA Executive Director, Rick Wilson, and the CREA Board decided to use this inheritance as a springboard for conserving the entire property. The BTLT Board agreed to act as the project’s fiscal agent and for Board and staff to coordinate the conservation and fundraising efforts. The Town of Topsham and Topsham Development, Inc., were instrumental in conveying the property to the Town while BTLT retained management of the conservation easement