photos and accounts below,
build the history of this beautiful transformation
of a very visible piece of property in North Conway Village
as it was changed from a vacant gas station which was 'for sale'
to a town park available for a peaceful moment of meditation
or a beautiful piece of scenery as you drive or walk by.
to ALL who unselfishly gave both funds and time
to make this little miracle happen!
of many of the businesses, agencies and private volunteers behind development
of the new Connie Davis Watson Park in North Conway,
to mark the end of Phase 1 of improvements in November of 2005.
front (from left) are Jim Mesereau and Claudia Needham,
representing the Cranmore Mountain crew;
Meghan Murphy, Kennett High Key Club member;
Sue Tuttle, Tuttle Land Care;
Jessica Brown and Diana Lynch of Lynch’s Land Maintenance;
Carol Westervelt, committee member and liaison with the Connie Davis
Kim Beals, committee member,
Ethel Saunders, White Mountain Oil; and Cindy Russell, Monarch Events;
and middle (from left) Merv Wilson and Ben Falcey from Arthur’s
Jim Tuttle, Tuttle Land Care;
Joe Berry, committee member;
Blair Lynch and Mike Lynch of Lynch’s Land Maintenance;
Glenn Saunders of White Mountain Oil;
Chet Lucy, committee member and spokesperson with the Selectmen;
Nat Lucy, Lucy Hardware;
Dick Brunelle, committee member;
Connie Briggs, committee member and liaison with Upper Saco Valley Land
and Ben Saunders, White Mountain Oil;
and back (from left) Curtis Kennett, Kennett Corporation;
Joy Tarbell, Tarbell Prudential Realty;
Mark Curran, Green Thumb Farm and Earl Sires, Conway Town manager.
“Our goal is to remove a “wart” and replace it
with a small town park, positioning it back with the original property
now owned and maintained by the Town of Conway and known as the
Whitaker Homesite Recreation Area.” This is the one and only
goal of a citizens group that has been working since September 2004
to secure the former Sunoco station located on the corner of Pine
Street and Main Street in North Conway Village. “Many businesses
have leased the property and none have been able to survive on that
corner,” stated Cindy Russell, spokesperson for the group.
“So, since the property was on the market, it seemed an appropriate
and once in a lifetime opportunity to acquire it, turn it into a
green space and give it to the town to be appreciated in its proper
historical context, rejoined with the original neighboring property
from which it was separated more than 60 years ago.”
In order to carry out the entire mission, the group has raised the
funds necessary to purchase the property. Thank you, to everyone
who helped, and in particular, the Connie Davis Watson Fund.
addition to purchasing the land, funding will include removing the
buildings, returning the property to green space, and adding some
simple landscaping. It is hoped that some of the work that will
need to be done will be supplied by local corporations who will
make an in-kind contribution, thereby reducing the total amount
of cash to be raised.
Below for photos of this work in progress - contributed by
Builders ~ Hanson Construction ~ Valladeres Construction: