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In 2010, the Town was redeveloping the downtown and had the opportunity to purchase one of four gas stations on Main Street downtown Kennebunk.  The Town voted to purchase the former Mobil Gas Station at 51 Main Street for $280,000.  Eventually, the Town was awarded a Brownfield Grant to clean the site and sought options for commercial development. 

 

In the meantime, the Town filled the space with the Farmers’ Market, Artisans’ Night Market, festival events, winter ice skating, and community events, while seeking a developer for the property.  A citizen-initiated petition to keep the property for Town use, won by a 3 to 1 margin. 

 

The Town was blessed to have a local resident offer to preserve the ice skating and other activities for the community with a $1.5 million dollar endowment by Geraldine Waterhouse and her granddaughter, Paige Hill.  The community responded by raising $630,000+ to construct a 100’ x 120’ open sided, four season pavilion for youth and family events, festivals and activities.  The pavilion also includes a 60’x90’ winter ice skating rink and much more!  At a meeting in the spring of 2014, the Board of Selectmen voted to name the pavilion “The Waterhouse Center”.

Dates of Interest, including posted Videos and Photos
Start of construction – May 2014  
Check out the construction videos, by Video Creations:
    Under Construction 6/12/14
    Steel Installation 6/27/14
    Truss Installation Complete 7/20/14
Project completion – October, 2014
Dedication Ceremony, October 11, 2014 – Grand Opening/Ribbon Cutting Photos
Waterhouse Center - Opened  October 11, 2014


For more information click on applicable link: Waterhouse Youth Endowment, activities, supporters of the project, how to donate or unique gift ideas.


Michael W. Pardue
Town Manager
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Barry A. Tibbetts
Assistant Town Manager
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Kathleen A. Nolette
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Kennebunk, ME 04043

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