City of Lowell Recognizes Cambodia Town
In a ceremony held at Roberto Clemente Park on Sunday, April 15, the City of Lowell formally recognized the "Cambodia Town" area within the Lower Highlands neighborhood.
A traditional Khmer procession marked the designation of Lowell's "Cambodia Town," which coincided with Khmer New Year.
The City of Lowell has designated the Cambodia Town area within the Lower Highlands neighborhood in order to elevate interest in the area's stores and restaurants, attract new businesses, bring in tourists, and increase civic pride.
The official designation of Cambodia Town comes after dozens of public meetings and presentations dating back to 2010. The Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association and the Lower Highlands Neighborhood Group played an important role in communicating with residents and generating ongoing interest and participation in the effort to create this designated area.
The preparation for the creation of Cambodia Town involved sign and facade improvements, the installation of "gateway signs," and renovations and upgrades to Roberto Clemente Park, to include placing Cambodian artwork on the new concession stand and the dedication of the Pai-Lin Volleyball Courts.
Several local elected officials spoke at the ceremony on Sunday, including State Sen. Eileen Donoghue, State Rep. Kevin Murphy, Mayor Patrick Murphy, City Councilor Vesna Nuon, City Councilor Rita Mercier, and City Councilor Marty Lorrey.
Along with Long Beach, CA, Lowell is now one of two cities in the United States with a Cambodia Town.