Iron arch graces new park

November 27, 1997|By Mary Gail Hare | Mary Gail Hare,SUN STAFF

New Windsor has added touches of history to its new park.

A wrought-iron arch inscribed with "New Windsor" greets visitors to the small spot of green at Routes 31 and 75.

The black arch, designed from sketches drawn by town planners, was forged at G. Krug & Son in Baltimore, the oldest working blacksmith shop in the country.

Crews from the company installed the $1,400 arch last week at the Main Street entrance.

"It is simple but really nice," said Fran Tolle, a town planning commissioner. "Its scale works well with the other park amenities, and it is also rock-solid, anchored in concrete."

The Krug company is making four black iron benches to complement the arch. Delivery is expected any day.

The town financed work and equipment on the one-fifth-acre property through a state grant of about $40,000.

The park contains a gazebo and flagpole and is a new and safer home to the town fountain, a 6-foot century-old landmark that has been in storage for several years. It had stood at Main and High streets, where trucks often knocked it over.

"We turned a piece of land into something useful and aesthetically pleasing," said Mayor Jack A. Gullo Jr.

"It is a stately place that reflects town history."

The site is decorated with greenery for the holidays. Officials have organized a tree-lighting ceremony and caroling for 6: 30 p.m. Wednesday.

Gullo plans an official dedication ceremony Jan. 4, weather permitting.

Pub Date: 11/27/97

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