Triplet Park has moved up to 4th Place...voting can be done one time each day through August 31st. Please logo on to CommunitiesTakeRoot.com and help Triplet Park be the winner of a fruit orchard here in Unity. Thanks.
On January 12, 2000 a fire destroyed the home of Kurt and Carmen Freyer on Wood Lane in Unity Maine. Their six-year old autistic triplets, Joshua, Marcus and Brydon, died in the fire. While fighting the fire, former Fire Chief Robert (Jonesy) Jones died after suffering a heart attack at the scene. The entire area was devastated by this tragic event. Bravely, the family allowed the community to be part of their healing process by gifting the land to the Unity Barn Raisers (UBR) for the creation of a memorial park. A series of fundraisers, in which every organization in town participated, raised about $7,700 for the park and work began in 2002. Volunteer workers continue to maintain and grow the park. To date a gorgeous raised boardwalk built from locally harvested timber has been built connecting the park to the local Head Start and elementary schools, an outdoor learning space was built by local college student volunteers, perennial gardens have been created, and in the summer of 2008, interactive gardens including a cucumber tunnel, bean teepee, and sunflower house were installed. Wildflowers and sustainable edibles such as rhubarb, black raspberries and sun chokes have been planted and harvested by groups of area children. UBR would like to add fruit trees to Triplet Park. Fruit from these trees will support another UBR project, Veggies for All (VFA). VFA grows local produce for our area food pantry to improve the diets of our area residents who are dependent on local food relief.