What’s Happening at I4 C2? #GloucesterMA

Jan. 10, 2023.

Before spring, DPW is managing a gas work project on Main Street between Duncan and Hancock Streets.

A temporary staging site has been set up on I4,C2 (65 Rogers St). Street signs alert drivers on Main. This job is by National Grid that has a subcontractor, Neuco.

Public Works is heavily involved in all aspects of any utility work in the city and “stays tight with projects every step of the way.”

BREAKING NEWS: 2nd Annual Gloucester Harvest Music Festival Tickets On Sale NOW

Here we go again!  The Addison Gilbert Citizens Fund presents their 2nd Annual Gloucester Harvest Music Festival on September 17th at I4-C2.  Tickets went on sale today (get them here).

This year’s lineup includes:

Nadia Robertson
Henry Allen & the New Swingset
Allen Estes
Back Eddy
Zili Misik
Liz Frame and the Kickers
Danielia Cotton

Sponsorship opportunities are still available. Check them out here.

Mark your calendar for a gorgeous day of music, food, wine, spirits and fun on the water in America’s Original Seaport.


Perfect Weather for tomorrow’s HARVEST MOON MUSIC FESTIVAL (SAT 11-5:30)

Bring blankets and chairs and enjoy a day in the sun filled with music, dancing, art, food and drink! (Cape Ann Brewery Beer Garden and Ryan & Wood Distillery Spirits Tent!)
Tickets for Police, Fire, active service and veterans are free!  See lineup here. Tix here.


You Asked for Schooner Fest Sunday Night Activities … We Listened

Back in 2010 we presented Celebrate Gloucester featuring Roomful of Blues at the City’s newly acquired I4-C2 property on Schooner Festival Sunday because we were told there’s nothing to do on Sunday after the race. Here we are five years later bringing Roomful of Blues back to Gloucester aboard The Beauport Princess Cruise Ship for an evening Blues Cruise¬†@ 7:30 on Schooner Festival Sunday.

The Schooner Festival has always been one of our¬†favorite Gloucester events and we’re honored to add our little piece of cruising fun to one of the world’s major maritime spectacles!

GloucesterCast 127 With Mike Costello, Kim Smith, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro #GloucesterMA

GloucesterCast 127 With Guests Mike Costello, Kim Smith, Toby Pett and Host Joey Ciaramitaro

Topics Include: Shoutout To Earl and Arch for Our Intro Music, Lil Earls, Mike Costello, Kim Smith, Toby Pett, Gilligan, The Atlantics, Mike Costello’s Historic Retirement Party Speech When He Went Ballistic, Bruce Tobey, Waterfront Owners Harbor Planning Group, I4C2, Ramada Inn Project, Jeffrey Cohen, Fuller School, Cape Ann Symphony, Sam Park, Windover, Schooner Festival, Clam Festival, Waterfront Fest, Sidewalk Bazaar, Blackburn Industrial Park, Gortons, Regionalizing the Chamber of Commerce, Mike’s Perspective Of The Chamber Since His Retirement, Joey’s Perspective On the Importance Of The Chamber, Tax Classification, Snow Removal Downtown, Free Parking Tolls Downtown, Downtown Employees Taking Up Downtown Parking Spots, Would The YMCA Be A Great Spot For A Parking Garage?, New Downtown Group Doing Great Job Promoting Themselves, Toodeloos, TBT Post, Pop Gallery, Premier Imprints, Harbor Goods, Where Do You Stand On The Windmills?, Cell Phone Tower In West Gloucester, Solar Incentives, Caciattore’s To Open Doors Saturday at 4 PM Please Show Them Your Support!

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(Hopefully) Dispelling Some Misconceptions About the HarborWalk

Gloucester Harbor Fishing Boat Jolly Roger ©Kim Smith 2014Window to the Working Waterfront ~ View from the HarborWalk

A little-remembered fact is that the HarborWalk artists were chosen from an applicant pool of local Cape Ann artists, as well as non-local residents. The public call to art was made over a period of several months, and it was widely publicized on this blog and in the Gloucester Daily Times. As a matter of record, myself, several fellow GMG contributors, and many artists in our community applied. The application process was made fair through the CAFE system. The semi-finalists exhibited their proposals at the Sawyer Free Library.

The following are just some of the posts that appeared on Good Morning Gloucester about the HarborWalk public call to art:

Announcing Opening Call for Gloucester MA HarborWalk Public Art Challenge

Joey’s step-by-step on how to apply: Public Art Call

E.J’s reminder: Artist¬†Get Cracking – You Have Three Weeks

The GMG post about the semi-finalist group exhibit at the Sawyer Free Library.

It is my understanding that with a public call to art, where the funding is provided by a state grant, it is illegal to restrict the call to only local residents.

Whether or not you care for the artist’s work, is a horse of a different color and subjective opinion. The three winning artists¬†were chosen by a¬†jury of their peers, comprised of¬†a panel that included¬†local residents.

gloucester-summer-cinema-2-c2a9kim-smith-2014Did you know that the new and fabulously well-attended Summer Cinema is part of the award winning HarborWalk? There were over one thousand attendees at Wednesday night’s¬†Leggo Movie event. Movie night¬†has¬†been the talk of the town amongst¬†kids throughout the city!


Before Photos ~ Same View as Above, Looking Towards the Gloucester House Restaurant and Taken in 2011


Have you walked one of¬†the new¬†crosswalks? I did, and didn’t slip or fall, and I am quite possibly¬†one of the most accident¬†prone people you will every meet–just ask my husband. Rather than repeating hearsay, I suggest you walk one yourself.

Do you¬†recall the trash talk about Boston’s¬†Rose Kennedy Greenway when it was first built¬†(inaugurated in 2008)? The idea of a carousel has been bandied about for the HarborWalk. Here’s Nicole Scrafft’s recent¬†lovely post about how she and her boys spent a fabulous day at the park: Now That’s a Carousel.

Many in our community have freely donated their time and energy to creating¬†the HarborWalk and several people, who would prefer to¬†remain¬†anonymous, have donated thousands upon¬†thousands of hours of their time and¬†considerable skills toward developing the HarborWalk.There are challenges to overcome¬†in every design project. I speak as the landscape designer who provided the horticultural master plan for the HarborWalk. This is only the third year of the HarborWalk’s¬†existence and it is¬†already proving to¬†have a tremendously positive impact on our local¬†businesses and restaurants. Let’s give the HarborWalk¬†a chance to become established, to grow, to thrive, and continue to provide¬†entertainment, education, and fun for¬†our community and visitors.

How will you help? Please contact me if you would like to become a Friend of the HarborWalk, at kimsmithdesigns@hotmail.com or in the comment section of this post.

Read what reporter Glenn Collins had to say¬†about the HarborWalk in the August 13th¬†New York Time’s article titled “Polishing Its Past and Preparing Its Future.”

“This year Massachusetts designated four new cultural districts on Cape Ann, based on their museums, galleries, restaurants, performance spaces and artistic communities. Visitors can now download a free Cape Ann Cultural Districts smartphone app, to access a bonanza of web information and self-guided tours. This summer, 20 new ‚Äústory posts,‚ÄĚ bringing the total to 42, afford a walking encyclopedia of information. They are affixed to granite bollards situated strategically on the route (GHWalk.org).

The posts are part of the Gloucester HarborWalk, a free, multimile, historic, civic and artistic public-access walkway that zigzags in and out of historic locales, piers, plazas, docks and parks. Call it stealth wayfinding, since it affords an intimate view of the harborfront, giving access to the town‚Äôs history ‚ÄĒ and the water itself ‚ÄĒ without disturbing the working port, or cutesifying it.”

If you have been enjoying the HarborWalk–the¬†Summer Cinema, the story moments, window to the waterfront, and all that it has to offer, please let us know. We would love to hear from you. Thank you!

Don’t miss JAWS!, playing Wednesday, August 27th. I hope to see you there!

i4-c2-gloucester-harborwalk-garden-c2a9-kim-smith-c2a9-kim-smith-photo-2012-copy Gloucester’s¬†I4-C2 in 2011, the year before¬†the HarborWalk was built.

Winter Carnival & Ice Skating on I4-C2?

This just in from Cape Ann TV’s Lisa Smith:

Will I4-C2 become a skating rink and downtown a winter wonderland? ¬†Find out what Mayor Kirks thinks about this¬†when she is interviewed by Meredith Fine on this week’s Cape Ann Report. They also discuss these topics:¬†Birdseye property development; harbor moorings; new happenings in the Gloucester Police and Fire Departments; laptops for Gloucester students and more. ¬†The show airs on Cape Ann TV Channel 12: Thursday @ 6pm; Friday @ 1pm and Sunday @ 3pm. You can also watch this and other shows online here.

Winter King Planted in the Harbor Walk Gardens

Jay Ramsey with his crew Mauriocio Tuquerres and Mike Rogers planting hawthorn¬†Crategus viridis¬†‘Winter King’ at Gus Foote Park.

Yesterday Jay Ramsey and his crew planted the garden at I4-C2 and two trees at Gus Foote Park. Jay (Farm Creek Landscaping) suggested the hawthorn ‚ÄėWinter King‚Äô and project architect Chris Muskopf and I agreed it was a great suggestion. Jay has had good success with ‚ÄėWinter King;‚Äô notably with the several he planted along a windswept bank of the Annisquam River. ‚ÄėWinter King‚Äô is relatively disease and pest free (atypical for members of the Rose Family)¬†and is noted for its profusion of white flowers in May and tight clusters of bright red fruits that persist through the winter. The fruits are usually not eaten by birds until late winter.¬†Crategus viridis is tolerant of poor soils and urban conditions. Crataegus means strength and viridis refers to the greenish bark of the species, however ‚ÄėWinter King‚Äôs‚Äô bark is more silvery.

Grants Awarded For Schematic Designs of I4-C2

Grants Awarded for Schematic Designs of I4-C2
The I4-C2, 1.8 acre waterfront parcel, has been vacant for more than forty years.¬† In 2010, the city purchased the site with assistance from the Commonwealth’s Seaport Advisory Council, which is currently under idea development.The site is ideally located one block from Main Street and a short walking distance from well-known Gloucester attractions, including the Maritime Heritage Center, the Cape Ann Museum, and the Man at the Wheel on the Boulevard.¬† The view of Gloucester’s spectacular working harbor from this site is breath-taking.¬† In addition, the site will be an integral part of the Harbor Walk that has recently been funded with assistance from the Seaport Advisory Council.¬† The city expects to break ground on the construction of the Harbor Walk in the spring of 2011.¬†
As part of the city’s harbor economic development strategy, the city encouraged the community to participate in the development of schematic designs for the I4C2 parcel.¬† The city offered grants of $2,500 for reimbursement for schematic designs and demonstration of initial financial feasibility.¬† 18 grant applications have been approved and will contribute to this idea phase.¬†
However, with or without grant funding, all those interested are welcome to submit schematic design proposals by December 15, 2010.¬† An opening reception and unveiling of the schematic designs will be held at City Hall in December 2010.¬† The schematic designs will available to view on the city’s website and at City Hall through February 2011.
‚ÄúOur goal is for this parcel to showcase the economic future of Gloucester Harbor.¬† Future jobs and investment will rely on the fishing industry, the maritime economy which includes the creative economy, and the visitor-based segment,‚ÄĚ said Kirk.¬† ‚ÄúAll are compatible with Gloucester‚Äôs heritage and strengths.‚ÄĚ
A formal Request for Proposals (RFP) for site development will be issued in the spring of 2011.  The requirements in the RFP will draw from the best of the best ideas in the schematic designs.  
Lincoln, David                                                    Gloucester, MA
Beard, Robert                    Highliner LLC                    Gloucester, MA
Van Ness, Vicki/Peter                   Van Ness Group, Inc.    Gloucester, MA
Sachs, Alexander                    Community Preservation Assoc.  Arlington, MA
Goodenow, Dan B.                    Off Peak Arch. Services    Gloucester, MA
Mitnik, Robert                    Robert Mitnik Architect    Gloucester, MA
Altenburger, Susan                                                    Gloucester, MA
Toftey, Craig                                                    Gloucester, MA
Johnson, Paul                    Paul Johnson Contracting    Gloucester, MA
Cook, Douglas                    Landesign                    Gloucester, MA
Gorga, Carmine                    Gloucester Comm. Dev. Corp.    Gloucester, MA
Alves, Bob                                                                    Gloucester, MA
Norris, Charles R.                    Norris & Norris Associates
                                                   w/ Urban Harbors Institute    Cambridge, MA
Vogel, Mary Beth                    Map Lab, Inc.                    Boston, MA
Bergeron, David                                                    Gloucester, MA 
Neumeier, Elizabeth                Gloucester Stage Company    Gloucester, MA
McGeary, Paul                Gloucester Aquarium Committee    Gloucester, MA
For more information, please visit the Community Development Department’s page.