Cultural district plans get green light

Plymouth will be able to proceed with improvements to its cultural district following the success of a fund-raising campaign that also generated state dollars for the project.

The enhancements to the Plymouth Bay Cultural District, which encompasses the waterfront and downtown areas, will be carried out in the spring and summer of 2018.

The project calls for more painted Adirondack chairs, benches, and tables in the downtown and along the waterfront; and murals painted by Plymouth public school students on portions of the Market Street and Main Street bridge underpasses and at the Holmes Playground skate park.


The improvements also call for wrapping metal utility boxes in historic photos and erecting banners identifying Plymouth’s cultural center, in different locations in the district.

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MassDevelopment and the town announced in September they were initiating a fund drive through the civic crowdfunding platform Patronicity to pay for the project costs.

By surpassing the campaign’s established goal of raising $13,000 by Oct. 18 -- the actual amount raised was $13,425 -- the town earned a $13,000 matching grant from MassDevelopment, bringing total funding for the project to $26,425, according to Plymouth’s town planner, Robin Carver.

The project, “Plymouth Art and History,” was conceived to further expand upon the town’s initial public art project unveiled in 2015.

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