Joe L.’s Story
Located prominently on a hillside terrace overlooking the main thoroughfare in downtown Madawaska, the Four Corners Park was created to honor those hearty souls who saddle their motorcycles for a grueling cross-country trek to the outermost reaches of the continental United States. As the Southern California Motorcycle Association's primary challenge to long-distance bikers, the Four Corners Tour requires each candidate to "travel by motorcycle to the four corners of the U.S in 21 days or less," with Madawaska representing the most northeastern aspect (while Blaine in Washington, San Ysidro in California and Key West in Florida serve as the other three points--though none other with benefit of a park, which is specifically dedicated to their achievement, or the fanfare that often accompanies the Madawaska leg of this journey).
With an unparalleled view of the Saint John River and the city of Edmundston, Canada, on the opposite shore (seemingly just a stone's throw away), the park boasts an impressive 12-foot tall, blue-pearl granite monument dedicated to those wind-burnt and saddle-sore participants who persevere in their quest to join the ranks of SCMA's "tour finishers." .
A unique feature of this park is the run of red and gray pavers fronting the fountain and serving as footpaths and walkways across well-kept lawns to an ice-cold drinking fountain, a sparkling-clean restroom and a night-blazing fireplace. Red pavers celebrate tour finishers, with all pertinent information, such as: who they are, what they rode, when they toured, where they came from and why they came; whereas, chiseled with heartening and celebratory messages, the gray granite pavers are reserved for park supporters who wish to memorialize a business venture, an important event in their lives or a loved one, perhaps deceased, whom they wish to honor in a lively and enlivening environment. A woodland cape of native trees, flowers and ferns surrounds the upper edge of the park, giving a dappled shade in the shimmering heat of the summer months across hundreds of these red and gray pavers.