Passive Gill-Bass Park features gristmill stone fountain

Published on March 12, 2018 with No Comments

Gill-Bass Park is Milton’s newest jewel, located at the corner of Canal and Pine Streets in downtown.

The park has a copper topped gaze-bo and a gristmill stone fountain, an attribute to Milton’s mill town history. City Manager Brian Watkins said, “The Gill Bass park is one of the gateways into the city and it has an important for it’s special placement.” 

Steve Gill and his wife Betty dedicated the property to the city in March of 2010. It was bequeathed to the City of Milton specifically specified to be a “passive park.” Watkins says the city has implemented the family’s desire.

The city received $750,000 through a Community Development Block Grant.

Milton City Council performed the ground breaking ceremony at Gill Bass Park on March 14, 2017. Steve and Betty Gill participated inside their car due to Steve’s illness.

Another historic gristmill stone will be added to the park soon. Believed to be from the 1850’s and a relic from the Locklin Lake Mill after it was turned into a grist mill. The stone would grind corn for the Amos plantation where Milton High School is located today. The city anticipates the stone to be added to the park sometime this year.

 

The ground breaking ceremony took place March 14, 2017. Steve and Betty Gill attended and had photos taken with Steve inside the car due to illness.

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