On Saturday city officials and the public came together to celebrate the unveiling of the Hancock Adams Common in Quincy.
Located in the heart of the city, the new common was built at the former location of a militia training field, several roads and the Old Town Hall.
The $35 million project revamped the old building and its surrounding four acres of land into a commons dedicated to Founding Fathers, John Hancock and John Adams.
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The new green space features monuments dedicated to Hancock and Adams, beautiful gardens, water fountains, benches, and walkways.
“Made of clay, then cast in bronze and installed, I hope people will like them,” sculptor Sergey Eylanbekov said of the monuments he created, dedicated in memory of both the founding fathers.
Governor Charlie Baker, Quincy Mayor Thomas P. Koch, Congressman Stephen F. Lynch and Pulitzer Prize winner and historian David McCullough all took part in the official dedication ceremony of the new Hancock Adams Common.
The ceremony celebration was filled with happy residents, music, the sounds of cannons, Colonial re-enactors, men and women dressed in patriotic costumes and more.
Celebrating history at today’s ceremony to dedicate the @CityofQuincy’s newest park in front of City Hall, the #HancockAdamsCommon. In 2015, we were proud to make a significant investment from the #GatewayCity Parks Program to make this beautiful downtown green space possible. pic.twitter.com/SEIGZUMlNL— Charlie Baker (@MassGovernor) September 8, 2018
“Here we are today to honor and unveil a work of art that pays tribute to two signers of Declaration of Independence,” David McCullough shared.
Quincy Mayor Tom Koch also addressed the large crowd, there to see the commons that has been in the works for several years.
“It’s about what the founders did for us, the legacy they left, so it’s great day and we’re proud of our city,” Quincy Mayor Tom Koch said.
“It’s hard for me to imagine how the United States would’ve happened without John Hancock,” Gov. Charlie Baker shared while talking to the crowd.