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May 25, 2013

The Mayor's Desk: Community spiirit shines through projects

Gloucester is on a roll.

I can tell because my schedule is packed with special events. But seriously, when I step back and look around at what is going on in the city, it is amazing to see the different projects and community spirit come together.

This week, we held the traditional opening of the Visitor Welcoming Center at Stage Fort Park. Our wonderful volunteers who are the face of Gloucester to visitors from all over the world are in attendance and are always warmly applauded for their service.

Restaurants donate food for the event, and each business is given the opportunity to showcase what they have in store for the upcoming season. The microphone is passed around and we learn about new menu changes at Alchemy restaurant, or the murder mystery dinner planned for the Beauport Museum or the fact that Big Mike’s Bikes will deliver bicycles to the various accommodations for guests to enjoy.

Across the way, from the Visitor Welcoming Center is Gloucester’s newest attraction – the Dog Park. It was packed that day. We just “unleashed” it a week ago, and already it is a favorite spot for our canine community. I spoke to a gentleman who had just been there, and asked him what his dog thought of it. He said that his dog had just lost his sister, and he was trying to get the dog to socialize, and was so happy to have the Dog Park environment.

The Dog Park embodies the community spirit of Gloucester at its best.

Three years ago, as I was standing on Rogers Street with Councilor Joe Ciolino, he introduced me to this woman who was walking her two beagles. She was passionate about the need to have a dog park in the city.

I basically said, “go for it. Make it happen.” And they did! They didn’t point at City Hall and say, “you need to do this for us.”

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