The Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM) announced today that it has received a grant of $200,000 from the Massachusetts Cultural Council (MCC) Facilities Fund for the Bradford Access Project that will connect the town to the PMPM property by means of a funicular or inclined elevator. The PMPM will use the MCC funds for the design and construction of the inclined elevator that will transport visitors from Bradford Street, next to the Bas Relief Park, to the PMPM property atop High Pole Hill. The Bradford Access Project seeks to improve access to the historic location and to further link it to the commercial district of Provincetown.
“The Mass. Cultural Council grant is an important step in moving the Bradford Access Project forward as we seek to improve access to the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum and deepen our connection to the town,” said Dr. David Weidner, Executive Director.
The PMPM will fund the estimated $2.375 million project costs with a combination of grants, loans, its own financial resources and private fundraising. The Bradford Access Project is in the process of review by various Provincetown regulatory boards and the expected start date is some time in 2018 with the goal of completing the project in 2019. Once the regulatory review process concludes and the design elements decided a final budget for the project will be determined.
“Our goal is to finally connect the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum, both physically and philosophically - to the town, its residents and the thousands of visitors that come here each year,” said Courtney Hurst, President of the PMPM Board of Trustees. “The support from the Mass. Cultural Council means a lot to us as we work diligently to finish the Bradford Access Project prior to 2020 when we will see thousands of additional visitors in Provincetown for the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower Pilgrims first landing in the new world. This project will help improve access to the Monument and grounds and will benefit the town and visitors well into the future.”
A key member of the development team is Jay Cashman, Inc. of Quincy, founded by Jay Cashman whose ancestor was involved in the building of the Monument in 1907-1910. Jay Cashman Inc. will perform as the project’s Construction Manager and is donating the firm’s services to the Bradford Access Project. Other team members are Coastal Engineering Company Inc. of Orleans, landscape architects Hawk Design, Inc. of Sandwich and architects Brown, Lindquist, Fenuccio & Raber of Yarmouthport, Outdoor Engineering of Colorado and Switzerland and BOLD (Brian Orter Lighting Design) of NY and LA.
The PMPM also received a $7,000 grant from the MCC for a 20-year capital needs assessment of the museum building and its mechanical systems. This grant will be used to kick-off a much needed facilities assessment that will enable the PMPM to improve the infrastructure to more fully support and enhance the PMPM mission of the commemoration of the history of the Mayflower Pilgrims and the signing of the Mayflower Compact, education and preservation of Provincetown history and the maintenance of the Monument, the Museum and other buildings.