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Percheron Park Dedication Ceremony
Unveils new centerpiece of downtown Moorestown
Moorestown, New Jersey Its sure to be a photo finish as the decade long race to open
Percheron Park enters the home stretch. On Saturday, Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. on Main Street,
Moorestown Township’s longawaited Percheron Park will officially open with a Dedication
Ceremony unveiling Joshua KoffmansDiligence,” a Percheron horse sculpture serving as the
pocket parks centerpiece.
The ceremony will feature remarks from township officials as well as members of The Friends of
Percheron Park, the nonprofit group whose vision and fundraising helped bring the park to life.
Following the ceremony, attendees can dine at food trucks and listen to live music.
The township purchased the Main Street location formerly a gas station – in 2008. A sign that
read “Future Site of Percheron Park” promised the park’s eventual arrival, but the tract of land
sat vacant for the next 14 years as the lot underwent soil remediation and the township awaited
the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection’s sign off.
Vacant no more, the pocket park will offer visitors to the town’s main thoroughfare a place to
take rest and maybe learn a bit about history. The lifesized bronze statue of a Percheron stallion
is a tribute to Moorestown’s place in American history. In 1839, Moorestown native Edward
Harris II brought the first Percheron stallions to the United States from France.
The Friends of Percheron Park fundraised more than $200,000 for the bronze sculpture and other
design elements of the park. The site features a low brick wall at the street corner with some
surrounding plantings, and Diligence, created by Philadelphiabased sculptor Joshua Koffman,
will be located behind some small shrubs. The site features stamped concrete with hoof prints
and benches for residents to stop and people watch.
Kathy Logue, president of the Friends of Percheron Park, said they are eager to bring art to Main
Street. She said while Haddonfield has its Hadrosaurus foulkii sculpture (fondly known as
“Haddy”), Moorestown will have “Diligence.”
111 WEST SECOND STREET MOORESTOWN NEW JERSEY 08057
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Heavy excavation set for Sept. 16th through 27th 2019

Remediation on the future site of Percheron Park will begin (continues) on Monday, Sept. 16, Moorestown police announced. Drivers should expect delays on Main Street in the vicinity of High Street while work is being done from Sept. 16-27.

High Street north, toward Main Street from Prospect Avenue, will be closed to traffic. High Street south will be open, but there will be no parking permitted on that side of the street to assist the flow of traffic.

Due to the proximity of the heavy equipment working onsite, the sidewalks adjoining the site will be closed until the completion of the project. Drivers should watch for workers in the area. Police will be on location to assist with traffic.

By Anthony Bellano, Patch Staff

Percheron Park Horse Sculptor Commissioned

The Friends of Percheron Park has announced the commissioning of Joshua Koffman of Philadelphia as the sculptor for the life-sized bronze representation of the Percheron stallion “Diligence” in Moorestown, NJ. Koffman holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Fine Art from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a certificate from the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, where he serves as a member of the faculty in Philadelphia.

Mr. Koffman has received a number of awards and honors for his work, which is displayed among private and public collections. (www.joshuakoffman.com) “We are very pleased to have the privilege of working with Joshua on this project so important to the history of Moorestown and our country,” commented Kathy Logue, president of The Friends of Percheron Park.
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– Beautiful Commemorative ‘Diligence’ Posters for Sale –

Sure to become a treasured Moorestown collectors item!

Unframed – $15.00

Call 609-230-1115 for purchase & delivery

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Percheron_Park_Win_a_Fiat-200pxOur sincere Thank You to Bill Burris and Family, the Staff of Burris Construction Co. – most notably Nick Keenan and Kim Jordan, the Sponsors, Donors, and Supportive Citizens, for making the Burris Open House a SUCCESS! Congratulations to the lucky winner of our Grand Prize – A Brand New Fiat!

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