EMHS celebrates the Dougherty Recreational Complex groundbreaking in Brewer


Brewer, Maine - The City of Brewer and EMHS celebrated the groundbreaking ceremony for the Dougherty Recreational Complex, on Friday, October 11, 2013. The ceremony occured at 100 Washington Street in Brewer on the site of the former Washington Street School. In attendance were many of the Dougherty family.

The recreational complex will include renovations to three existing baseball fields, as well as construction of a 1/3 mile paved walking trail, a multipurpose athletic field, a new playground, parking lot, and installation of many other amenities.

The City of Brewer, through its Parks & Recreation Department, seeks to provide quality recreational programs, parks, and facilities and a variety of enrichment opportunities with a professional standard of excellence that enhances the quality of life for all citizens and visitors in the community.

EMHS, which is headquartered in Brewer, is also highly committed to community wellness and pleased to be able to work with the city of Brewer to promote healthy lifestyles in a safe and accessible location. “The EMHS mission establishes our purpose to advance community well-being, and this project is an excellent example of investing in resources to promote healthy lifestyles,” said M. Michelle Hood, FACHE, president and CEO of EMHS.

"For nearly ten years, EMHS has been proud to call Brewer home. Not only is it the location of our office building and many of our healthcare services, it is also a place where many of our employees and their families live and enjoy spending time. It’s important to us that our employees, their families, and neighbors have safe and accessible locations to enjoy outdoor recreational activity close to home. This joint project with the City of Brewer is an ideal partnership that will help to advance community health in eastern Maine through the development of playing fields, walking trials, seating, and other park amenities."

“The participation of EMHS on this project will benefit the health and fitness of our citizens for decades to come and we look forward to providing the residents of Brewer a place to exercise and enjoy the outdoors”, said Steve Bost, Brewer City Manager.

In addition, the City of Brewer was recently awarded a $148,000 Land and Water Conservation Fund matching grant from the National Park Service.  The project is expected to be completed in the fall of 2014.
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