Leon Gorman Park

Freeport, Maine

Objective

Develop and maintain a park/green space including amenities of a wooded landscape, walking path, skating pond and warming shelters, picnic pavilion, information kiosk, bathroom facilities and parking.

BCE Role

Designed a stormwater system to mitigate the quantity and quality of stormwater runoff from this parcel into the nearby Harraseeket River and clam flats.

Treating stormwater runoff was an important design element as the Town was interested in improving the water quality flowing from this site to the Harraseeket River and nearby clam flats. Invasive vegetation such as bittersweet and barberry bushes were removed allowing the natural presence of pines, birches, maples and oaks to attract people to this wonderful addition to Freeport's open space.

Project Highlights

  • Named after Leon Gorman, grandson of L.L. Bean
  • Funded by $1 million donation by L.L. Bean in honor of its 95th anniversary and in appreciation for the long term support of the community
  • Gift included a maintenance fund for ongoing upkeep of the park
  • Includes a series of rustic bridges over the stream meandering throughout the park

Related Projects

Keywords: Stormwater Permitting

    Owner

    • Town of Freeport
    • Freeport, Maine

    Client

    • Mohr & Seredin
    • Landscape Architects
    • Portland, Maine

    Start to Completion Date

    • February, 2006 to April, 2007

    BCE Services Provided

    • Design Stormwater Treatment System
    • Stormwater Drainage Analysis
    • Design Soil Filter Plan and Cross Section
    • Prepare Stormwater Report with Calculations for Town Approval