PARIS — Completion of a new parking lot at Moore Park has increased capacity in time for summer shows.

The gravel lot needed a few minor additions, but is open and has been completed ahead of schedule, according to Town Manager Amy Bernard.

In June, voters approved funding for the lot, which has room for roughly 10 vehicles.

Equipment donations from Everett Excavation and ECI Materials pushed up the finish date for the project, which was initially scheduled for the fall, Bernard said.

“I’m excited Everett Excavation and ECI Materials, a community business, who generously donated their time, equipment and materials to improve our park,” Bernard said.

The impetus for the change began last summer following an “ideas night,” at which residents suggested providing a more defined and aesthetically pleasing space for park visitors.

As well as being a picnic destination, Moore Park’s open, green space plays host to a number of outdoor concerts, including the Moore Park Art Show on Sunday, July 27. This year’s show will feature performers from Western Maine, including veteran singer-songwriter Brad Hooper and dancer Debi Irons.

Previously, Bernard said that the site’s popularity, coupled with a limited number of parking spaces, had caused cars to overflow from the lot onto the grass.

In April, selectmen voted to add signs requesting drivers not to park on the grass.

The cost for the project was around $8,000, Bernard previously said.

“The people of Paris are very lucky to have such businesses located in their community willing to make these donations,” Bernard said.


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