The town may soon have a new “Welcome to Hull” sign installed on George Washington Boulevard, thanks to the generosity of an anonymous local donor.
The current sign, built nearly 30 years ago, is in need of complete restoration, and members of the Hull Garden Club have spearheaded the task of raising the funds to repair it. The estimated cost to repaint the top portion of the sign and rebuild the bottom structure with weather-resistant materials is $15,000.
After reading last month’s story in The Hull Times about the extensive rehabilitation the current sign requires, a local man stepped forward with a generous offer – a donation of matching funds of $7,500.
When garden club president Susan Short Green informed club members of the matching funds, she told the Times, “You should have heard the screams of excitement! The club is on board with raising the funds to be matched by our most wonderful anonymous donor!”
A summer resident for decades, and now a year-round resident, the donor said that, after reading the Times article, “I thought, this is something we can do. I feel good that we’re doing something for the town where you can see the results.” He considers himself and his wife “lifetime Hullonians” and is happy to put his support behind this project.
Since the sign was first installed, members of the garden club have maintained the sign and the area around it with the help of the town and the Department of Public Works. Unfortunately, the COVID-10 pandemic forced the club to cancel or curtail fundraising efforts to raise the needed funds for the restoration project. Also, because the sign is located on state Department of Conservation and Recreation property, the DCR matching grant the club applied for was denied. As Green explained, “the funds are more for recreational purposes than for signage.”
Green says that, with the promise of $7,500 from the anonymous donor, the club is looking to raise about $5,000; the garden club has allocated $2,500 from its own budget for the sign. The hope is to have the new welcome sign ready before the summer.
The refurbished sign will feature a blue “wave”; the stone base will be maintained; and new plantings will be added once the work is complete.
To help fund the project, any resident or business can send a check to the Hull Garden Club, P.O. Box 27, Hull, MA 02045, and should indicate in the memo line the words “Welcome Sign.”