On December 19, 2005, Shaw Brothers Construction gave the Town of Gorham and its citizens “Shaw Park”, a 7.5-acre community park on the Presumpscot River.
The idea originated from Jon and Dan Shaw in the late 1990s while they were proposing a major expansion to Shaw Brothers’ gravel pit and quarry known as “H Pit” off Route 237 in Gorham. Jon and Dan realized that gravel pits and quarries are a necessity of the construction industry and that gravel pit locations are dependent on the earth’s geology. They also recognized that they can be a nuisance to neighbors.
Shaw Brothers’ expansion, which included the purchase of riverfront land that could not be excavated, provided an excellent opportunity for Jon and Dan Shaw to give something back to their gravel pit neighbors and to the Gorham community as a whole.
Working with the Gorham Town Manager, Town Council, Planning Board, Planner, and Recreation Director, Shaw Brothers was able to get approval for and build a riverfront park at no cost to the Town. Shaw Park includes a baseball diamond and dugouts, a concession stand with bathrooms, a multipurpose field, a boat launch, and sandy beachfront on the scenic Presumpscot River. Shaw Brothers’ long-term plans for the park include future development of a playground, picnic pavilion, and outdoor classroom.
We sincerely hope that this gift to our gravel pit neighbors, the citizens of Gorham, and future generations will be enjoyed for a long time to come.