Saturday, September 12, 2015
Things are not always as they appear.
Don't let this photo fool you.
Lincoln Park is very much open for business year round. It's a rectangular green space bounded by Congress, Federal, Pearl and Market streets. It was created in 1866 following the Great Fire that took most of the buildings down in the city. It was named for President Lincoln and was dedicated on the 100th year anniversary of his birth on February 12, 1909. These days the park is home to a few small summer festivals, and really the only time it got close to a 'lockdown' was when the city finally voted, after about 3 months of having many tents pitched illegally on the grounds, to throw 'Occupy Maine' out of the park for good. However, the chain and lock here have nothing to do with that incident. It seems to secure a large gated opening used to bring in food stands and equipment for the summer festivals.
The park does have nice walkways with assorted iron benches that make for a pleasant stay among its trees and dappled sunshine.
Looks can be deceiving.