Out of a community tragedy came one of our community’s greatest gifts. Through the generosity of the Freyer family, UBR acquired the land now known as Triplet Park. The Freyers lost their six-year old triplet sons, Joshua, Marcus, and Brydon, in a house fire on January 12, 2000. Our community lost another life that day when former Fire Chief and Waldo County Sheriff Robert “Jonesy” Jones suffered a heart attack while responding to the scene.
Together with the community, the triplet’s extended families, local organizations, and volunteers, UBR planned and developed the space as an interactive, beautiful, and child-centered community park. The local fire department has built a monument for Jonsey on the site as well. Educational and recreational CommUnity Trails connect with and pass through the park.
Work began in May 2002 with tractor work preparing the land. Trees, shrubs and perennials were planted. In June a well was dug, water lines laid, and electricity hooked up. Grass was seeded over the open space.
A series of fundraisers, including an all day fair in which every organization in town participated, raised about $7,700. Volunteer workers continue to maintain and grow the park.
In 2006, volunteers Don and Patricia Newell and Melissa Bastien built a curving raised boardwalk connecting Triplet Park to the historic grammar school (now Unity Food Hub) and the entrance to Bartlett Shore Trail.
In the summer of 2008, interactive and educational gardens including a cucumber tunnel, bean teepee, and sunflower house were installed in the park. Wildflowers and sustainable edibles such as rhubarb, black raspberries and sun chokes have been planted and harvested by groups of area children.