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A small parcel of city-owned land in Springvale is being turned into a lovely park thanks to the efforts of local residents and businesses. The park is located at the corner of Water and Bridge Streets along the Mousam River, across from Notre Dame Church.

The funds used to pave the walkway and install stonework were left over from money raised decades ago by the Springvale Improvement Committee. In-kind donations from Sevigny Properties and Charles A. Plante & Sons also helped to get the work done.

The park was loamed and hydroseeded this week. In the spring, horticulture students from the Sanford Regional Technical Center will design the plantings.

The park will be named Pence Park in honor of David and Linda Pence, who established a trust fund for the beautification of the village of Springvale. Interest from their trust fund will be used for further improvements to the park and the entire village.

The original Springvale Improvement Committee disbanded years ago, but was reorganized in 2013 to pay for new streetlights when downtown Springvale was being repaved. With the help of the Pence Trust, the Committee plans to extend the new streetlights as far as the Baptist Church on the north end and Subway on the south end.

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