Castonguay Square in Waterville. Credit: Google Streetview

Members of the community are being invited to attend the second of two public forums on the prospective redesign of Waterville’s Castonguay Square Wednesday.

Earlier this year, the organization Waterville Creates! was awarded a $75,000 grant by the National Endowment for the Arts to work with the city and Colby College, among others, on a redesign of the downtown park.

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“Castonguay Square is a lovely greenspace located in the heart of our historic downtown district, but its current design is not particularly inviting,” reads a Waterville Creates! description of the project, in part.

Wednesday’s workshop will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Chase Community Forum in the Bill and Joan Alfond Main Street Commons. A previous workshop was held on Oct. 17.

During the previous workshop, local people told organizers they want to preserve a prominent elm tree and old horse watering trough, but remove an obstructive information kiosk and install more creative lighting, according to the Morning Sentinel.

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The city’s farmers’ market and holiday festival Kringleville, among other events, are held at or adjacent to Castonguay Square, the newspaper reported.

Waterville Creates! is also working with Colby College to raise funds to renovate the historic nearby 93 Main St. building and transform it into an arts and film destination, an ambitious project that could draw traffic to the abutting park.

Seth Koenig

Seth has nearly a decade of professional journalism experience and writes about the greater Portland region.