Two of Cape Cod’s Oldest Institutions Team Up to Increase Accessibility and Tourism in Greater Provincetown
HYANNIS and PROVINCETOWN, Mass., April 28, 2020 – The Cape Cod Pilgrim Memorial Association/Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM) and The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod (The Coop), today announced a strategic partnership to fund the Bradford Access Project. The initiative is aimed at constructing an inclined elevator that will create a physical and economic link between the Pilgrim Monument on High Pole Hill and downtown Provincetown, enabling tourists and visitors to easily access both areas.
PMPM’s vision is to create a stronger connection between the Pilgrim Monument and the heart of Provincetown. The Bradford Access Project will extend the monument’s “front door” down to Bradford Street, which will create an easier flow of foot traffic between the two locations. The new Americans with Disabilities Act-compliant inclined elevator will not only increase accessibility and tourism, it will have lasting economic benefits to Provincetown’s business community beyond its projected completion in early 2021.
“Provincetown is a culturally important and diverse part of the Cape’s geography and we’re proud to add the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum to The Coop’s growing family on the Outer Cape,” said Lisa Oliver, president and chief executive officer of The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod. “As a community bank that has been serving Cape Codders for nearly a century, one of our core tenets is to help make our communities better places to live and work. This project perfectly aligns with that mission.”
Construction of the Bradford Access Project is being supported by a breadth of local, community-based partnerships. The project’s general contractor is the Harwich-based Robert B. Our Company. Construction is assisted by Jay Cashman, Inc. of Quincy, whose ancestor was involved in the building of the Pilgrim Monument, completed in 1910. Other key, contributing partners include Coastal Engineering Company Inc. of Orleans; landscape architects Hawk Design, Inc. of Sandwich; architects Brown, Lindquist, Fenuccio & Raber of Yarmouth Port; Safe Harbor environmental consultants of Wellfleet; McMahon Transportation Engineers & Planners of Taunton; Arrowstreet of Boston; BOLD Lighting of New York City; Outdoor Engineers of Colorado and Switzerland; and Elevator Service Company of Torrington, Conn. These relationships will help complete a major first step to transform PMPM from a local, community museum into a world-class destination for learning and ensuring the accurate telling of Provincetown’s rich history.
“The Bradford Access Project will create deep connections. It represents some of the key ideals and values that have proudly become synonymous with Provincetown: All are welcome. Everyone is included,” said K. David Weidner, Ph.D., executive director of the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum. “We are grateful for The Coop’s support and their appreciation for the significance of this project to the local community.”
The Cape Cod Pilgrim Memorial Association, which oversees PMPM, is paying for the Bradford Access Project. Construction will require no public funds and the inclined elevator will operate on land already owned by the Association. In addition to $4.5 million in funding from The Coop, the project is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council and MassDevelopment.
About The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod
The Cooperative Bank of Cape Cod is an independent, local, mutual community bank with over $900 million in assets and over 170 employees. Established in 1921, the bank is committed to investing in the Cape Cod community where we live and work. The bank is headquartered in Hyannis with branches on Route 6A in Yarmouth Port, East Dennis and West Barnstable; in Sandwich at 275 Cotuit Road; in Hyannis at 695 Attucks Lane in Independence Park; in East Harwich at 1470 Orleans Road/Route 39; in North Falmouth at 660 North Falmouth Highway; in Falmouth at 238 Worcester Court; and in Marstons Mills at 3878 Falmouth Road. For more information, please visit www.mycapecodbank.com, www.facebook.com/mycapecodbank, or call 508.568.3400.
About the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum
Founded in 1892, the Cape Cod Pilgrim Memorial Association, doing business as the Pilgrim Monument and Provincetown Museum (PMPM), is Cape Cod’s oldest 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Its dedication to cultivating truth, education and inclusion fuels its mission to preserve the rich heritage of Provincetown and its original inhabitants, the Wampanoag Nation. This includes focus on such historic events as the first landing of the Pilgrims in 1620 in Provincetown Harbor and the signing of the Mayflower Compact. PMPM is located on High Pole Hill Road in Provincetown, Massachusetts. For more information, please visit https://www.pilgrim-monument.org/
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