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WATERVILLE, Maine, Sept. 29—The Downtown Waterville Farmers Market will be located in Castonguay Square beginning in the spring of 2017, Colby College and Waterville Main Street announced today. They have worked in partnership with the City of Waterville and business owners on Common Street to secure this new location.
The move is the result of Colby’s intention to purchase the section of the Concourse parking lot where the market currently sets up on Thursday afternoons from May through November. Upon announcing its plans to buy that parcel, Colby officials committed to working with market leadership to help identify a new location.
“It was important to us to find a great new downtown home for the market, and this location was particularly appealing because it provides green space and shade for customers and families,” said Brian Clark, vice president of planning, who oversees Colby’s downtown Waterville efforts. “Hosting the market in Castonguay Square every Thursday afternoon will add energy and commerce to Main Street and build on the tradition of events like the Maine International Film Festival, Taste of Waterville, and Waterville Rocks, making the square a center of activity.”
Over the course of several months, market manager Hanne Tierney of Cornerstone Farm worked with Colby to help outline the needs and priorities of the farmers. The architects who facilitated Colby’s downtown Waterville stakeholder planning group presented several options, ultimately allowing the farmers to choose this location over many other possibilities.
“We were committed to staying downtown,” said Tierney, “and we are glad we were able to secure this fantastic location.”
Castonguay Square abuts City Hall to the north and, to the south, Common Street, which will be closed to vehicle traffic on Thursdays during market season. Market vendors will be situated around the park.