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Breaking News: Gloucester HarborWalk Receives Another Prestigious National Award

The HarborWalk has won yet another prestigious national award! I wanted to share Sarah Garcia’s letter that she wrote to all the HarborWalk team members. More about the award, and why it is so very important, will be forthcoming from Catherine Ryan. I understand that Sarah did an incredible job leading the project. Congratulations Mayor Kirk, Sarah, and the HaborWalk Team!!!!!!!!!!!!

Sarah Garcia writes ~ 

Dear Gloucester HarborWalk Team,

I want to let you know that we were presented with a 2013 Excellence on the Waterfront award last weekend at the annual meeting of the Waterfront Center in Davenport, Iowa.  (Lest we forget the Mississippi River flows through the Midwest!)  The Waterfront Center, based in Washington DC, has featured projects in its annual awards for over 30 years.  The Waterfront Center has not yet put out a press release on the awards, but I wanted you all to know, and we’ll do a press release if none is forthcoming!

I attach the beautiful presentation that Cambridge 7 Associates put together to submit for this award.  It was a juried competition, and the HarborWalk was in the good company of other winners such as Brooklyn Bridge Park and some very large scale developments in California, New Zealand and Angola.

Several of the jurors were at the awards event, and said what impressed them about the HarborWalk was its authenticity in reflecting the community and respecting its working waterfront.  That authenticity came from the enthusiasm and generous collaboration of all of you.

This award is the fourth (!) for the HarborWalk.  The others have been the following:

  • The Massachusetts Municipal Association awarded the Gloucester HarborWalk with the Kenneth E. Pickard Municipal Innovation Award for being a unique and creative project, increasing the effectiveness of local government.
  • WalkBoston awarded the Gloucester HarborWalk with The Golden Shoe Award:  “City of Gloucester creatively getting Gloucester Walking” awarded 3.20.13. Every year WalkBoston recognizes communities that are making “major strides” to improve conditions for walking which is a wonderful endorsement of the great work around the HarborWalk, city planning, community development.
  • The American Association of Museums recognizes outstanding achievement in museum media, as part of its national awards recognitions.  Not only was the HarborWalk nominated, but it won the “gold” in its category for its Walking Cinema, in competition with museums like the National Museum of American History (which took the bronze), and the Whitney and MoMa last year winning in other categories.

A primary goal of the HarborWalk was to reunite the City’s working waterfront with its historical Main Street and cultural institutions to create destination in the downtown/harbor area.  Its success in bringing together the partnerships and elements for this unity is made visible by the May 2013 designation from the MA Cultural Council for The City of Gloucester Harbortown Cultural District.

We have the Seaport Advisory Council to thank for sharing in our community’s vision, and making it all possible, and the MA Cultural Council and our Downtown Cultural Committee for carrying that vision on into the future.

Best regards,

Sarah Garcia, ACIP

Harbor Planning Director

2- HW Before I4-C2 paint factory ©Kim Smith 2013 copyI4-C2 Before

Gloucester HarborWalk I4-C2 ©Kim Smith 2012I4-C2 After

A few Fred Bodin’s Photos of Harbortown Cultural District celebration

Catherine Ryan submits-

Hi Joey,

Here’s a few photos from Fred Bodin’s coverage of Tuesday’s May 28 kick off Celebration for the Harbortown Cultural District. The party was held in the Gorton’s gallery of Maritime Gloucester and it was packed! Check out the special cake –it very nearly covered a 4 x 6 table.

Gloucester from its water’s edge and beyond: the center for all! Like the “Harbortown” name, the cake was a mash up of two flavors, too. Lise Breen and Judith Hoglander worked with Jim’s Bagel and Bake Shoppe for this classic riff of Saul Steinberg’s famous 1976 New Yorker cover, a favorite motif for him.

Music filled the rooms and welcomed everyone. One of the Harbortown event’s surprises was the talent of musicians Zach Bridges & Steve Lacy from Henry Allen & The New Swingset. Here’s Henry Allen (on the steering committee for Harbortown) visiting with Mayor Carolyn Kirk and Karen Ristuben (Rocky Neck Cultural District) Gloucester ’s Rocky Neck Cultural District is a partner. Mayor Kirk spoke twice.

Leadership here and at the state level are advocating for the arts in a big way. The Harbortown Cultural District would not have happened without the support and commitment from Mayor Carolyn Kirk, Harbor Planning Director Sarah Garcia, Chief Administrative Officer James Duggan, all the Gloucester City Councilors, Senator Bruce Tarr, Representative Ann-Margaret Ferrante, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council representatives. The party filled up quickly. There was bountiful conversation and energy buoyed by appetizers and drinks thanks to so many wonderful partners and stakeholders. Here’s one of Fred’s crowd photos peeking through Maritime Gloucester’s display–what an apt framing for the themes of connection.

One of the first surprises on the evening’s program was a presentation from Harbortown partner, the Gloucester Public Schools. Teachers Kurt Lichtenwald’s  and John Barry’s S.T.E.A.M. (science technology engineering, Arts and mathematics) classes feature students’ and made, engineered musical instruments. David Puglisi came to the event and showcased his handmade plywood electric guitar see his youtube video!

Co-chair for Harbortown Cultural District, Judith Hoglander looks on.

Anita Walker, executive director for the Massachusetts Cultural Council gave a wonderful speech about Gloucester , this district, the arts and maritime connections. She spoke to the legacy of the continuous involvement of youth and fostering stewardship through generations. She took a moment to recognize a contribution completed for the application.

Fred captures the authentic spirit of Anita Walker in this one and sheer fun. The MCC is passionate about Gloucester and the arts across Massachusetts . Sarah Garcia surprised Walker with an iconic Gloucester southwester. They visited Nelsons on Main Street on the day of the site visit, and the classic yellow slicker hats and ancillary businesses of the fishing industry were obvious topics. To the left of Walker, Gloucester Lyceum & Sawyer Free Library Director, Carol Gray enjoys the moment.

 

More photos to come; David Cox, local media, and co-Chair Bob Whitmarsh were all snapping away at different points. By the way, one of the best Facebook pages in town, Fred Bodin may have some posted https://www.facebook.com/BodinHistoricPhoto

We’ll add some photos to our website http://www.gloucesterharbortown.org.

Thank you Joey and GMG for helping!

Gloucester Harbor Walk ~ What a Difference! Construction Phase Accomplished in Only a Few Months!

Congratulations and thank you to Mayor Kirk,  Sarah Garcia, Chris Muskopf, Jay Ramsey, and including everyone involved (there are many, many more than named here–these are the people I have had the pleasure to work with on the project) for having the vision, courage, tenacity, and talent to create Gloucester’s Harbor Walk.

Gloucester Harbor Walk ~  View of Gus Foote Park

The Harbor Walk is nearing completion. Despite the plethora of unforeseeable problems with the landfill at I4-C2, and current drought, the walk looks gorgeous. Come, take a stroll!

Gus Foote Park Last Year at this Time. What a difference–the build phase of the project was accomplished in only a few short months!

I will be bringing GMG readers more ‘before and after’ photos, as well as information about the native plants habitat gardens (and how you can translate that information to your own garden), in the coming months.