The Bar Harbor Village Improvement Association first met in 1881 and was incorporated in 1891. Waldron Bates, George B. Dorr, and Beatrix Ferrand were among the most distinguished of our early members. These far-sighted individuals were instrumental in designing Bar Harbor’s downtown, parks, and gardens as well as Kebo Valley Golf Course and the boundaries and trails for Acadia National Park. Their vision over a century ago created the town and park that we know and love today. The BHVIA continues on with its mission to preserve and maintain special parks and walks throughout the community for your enjoyment.
The Bar Harbor Village Improvement Association will continue to add to its list of projects to beautify the Village, which include a new pink granite cap on the veteran’s memorial in the Village Green, improvements to the Shore Path seawalls and path, a granite bench at Glen Mary honoring the donor, Mary Shannon, and committing 30,000 to the reconstruction of Grant Park. We would love to help in any way we can with the proposed pedestrian/bicycle path that is part of the MDOT route 3 reconstruction, which starts this year. We will also be celebrating the holding of our 125th annual meeting on the 3rd Thursday of August 2016.