State grants $ 10 million for park improvement and land conservation including Springfield, Greenfield


Governor Charlie Baker on Tuesday announced grants totaling about $ 10 million to 37 communities and six conservation districts to improve parks and open spaces, including $ 400,000 for improvements to Blunt Park in Springfield.

The project in Springfield will include the development of a forest trail system at Blunt Park on Roosevelt Avenue, as well as the installation of an accessible playground and accessible connections to existing park facilities, the administration said. Baker in a prepared press release.

Mayor Domenic J. Sarno thanked Baker and other state officials and Parks Director Patrick Sullivan “for their continued leadership in supporting our parks and open spaces.”

“This funding for our Blunt Park will help improve amenities, the installation of water features and the development of a network of forest trails for recreational purposes,” said Sarno.

Sarno added that his administration is “committed to supporting our wonderful municipal parks and open spaces for the use of our residents.”

“There is no better investment in our community than our parks and open spaces,” said Sarno. “They not only provide a natural resource for recreation, but also help our city remain resilient in the face of climate change. “

A grant of $ 400,000 was also given to Greenfield for Skate Park to transform a parking lot into a new skatepark, creating a new dedicated park, state officials said.

In addition, the Baker administration provided a land grant of $ 245,412 to the City of Easthampton for a project on Reservation Road to protect open spaces, wildlife habitat and public access to Mount Tom.

The grants for Springfield and Greenfield were among 24 projects funded statewide under the Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) program.

“Massachusetts has great open spaces and natural resources that not only provide recreation and access to the great outdoors, but make the Commonwealth more resilient to the impacts of climate change,” Baker said.

Since becoming governor in 2015, Baker has said his administration has made conserving land and improving local parks a key priority.

The PARC grant program was created in 1977 to help cities and towns buy and develop land for parks and outdoor recreation, the state said.

In addition, Baker announced $ 1.2 million through the LAND Grants Program and $ 740,000 through the Conservation Partnership Grants Program.

The other grants awarded under PARC were:

  • Chelsea, Quigley Park, $ 400,000. Play structures, dish swing, multisport goal with painted graphics on asphalt, bicycle racks and recycling barrels, new playground, rubber safety coating, new utilities and shaded rest areas.
  • Malden. Devir Park, $ 400,000. Construction of a softball field, benches and bleachers, a soccer field, an accessible walkway, a new parallel parking lot, new basketball courts, drainage improvements, improvements to the playing field. game and new trees.
  • Lawrence, Reservoir Park, $ 400,000. A new playground and playgrounds, accessibility improvements, exercise equipment, as well as seating, garbage cans and signage on walking trails.
  • Somerville, Somerville Junction Park. $ 400,000. Planting trees and adding a paddling pool, a fitness area for teens and adults, and community gardens.
  • Boston, Winthrop Playground, $ 400,000. Basketball and multisport courts with a new fence, inclusive children’s play area, water spray area, exercise circuit, new benches, game tables and tree plantations.
  • Boston, Sprague Pond Coastal Reserve, up to $ 387,164. Acquisition of a 1.15 acre parcel on the shores of Sprague Pond where the city could potentially develop a waterfront path.
  • Lowell. South Common Phase II, $ 400,000. Improvements to the central terrain, creation of an accessible route to the surrounding walking track from the parking lot and minor repairs to the park‘s walking track.
  • Southbridge, Capillo Park McCann Fields, $ 398,860. Design and build a skatepark and handball court with a connecting path and play areas.
  • Fall River, Kennedy Park tennis and pickle ball courts, $ 400,000. Renovation of four tennis courts and creation of the city’s first official pickle ball courts.
  • Buckland, Buckland Recreation Area Pool, $ 400,000. Reconstruction of a public swimming pool at the Buckland Recreation Area.
  • Salisbury, Partridge Brook Park Phase II, $ 400,000. ADA skate park, roller / street hockey rink, soccer, lacrosse, flag football fields, playground, solar trash cans, trails and walkway along Partridge Creek, a plantation trees, educational signage and public play areas.
  • Lynn, Barry Park, $ 400,000. Removal of existing bleachers, installation of accessible seats, expansion of permeable surfaces in the park and increase in the number of shade trees.
  • Revere park renovation project, accessibility and inclusion, $ 320,237. Installation of safety coverings at Harmon, Gibson and Costa parks, as well as the planting of shade trees.
  • Plymouth, Jenney Pond Park, $ 400,000. Improved public access to Jenney Pond, Pilgrim Trail and connection to Holmes Park.
  • Leominster, Barrett Park Phase II, $ 400,000. Installation of play equipment and an enlarged picnic area.
  • Gardner, Bailey Brook Park, $ 380,000. Development of a multisports ground and a playground, which will be accessible to children of all levels.
  • Peabody. James Street Ecocampus Center. $ 400,000. Improvements to James Street Park including trails, stormwater improvements, parking, and boardwalk.

The following grants for small towns have been awarded:

  • Orange, Butterfield Park renovation, basketball and pickleball court improvements, $ 83,449
  • Southampton, Conant Park Improvements, Improved accessibility to the park with a walking path and a wading pool, $ 100,000
  • Whately, Herlihy Park, accessibility improvements to washrooms, pavilion and concession area, as well as driveway and parking lot, $ 62,588.
  • Boylston, Camp Harrington Acquisition, $ 100,000
  • Mansfield, Plymouth Street Recreation Facility, $ 100,000

The other winners of the land subsidy program were:

  • Kingston, Blackwater Memorial Forest, $ 400,000
  • Rockland, McCarthy Farm, $ 400,000
  • Provincetown, addition to Old Colony Trail, $ 156,689.

The winners of the Conservation Partnership grant program have been awarded to various communities statewide, including $ 59,350 to the Greater Worcester Land Trust for its Packachoag Spring site,:

The winners of the Conservation District Innovation Grant included:

  • Berkshire Conservation District, Berkshire Pollinator and Native Plant Initiative, Pollinator and Native Plant Initiative, $ 42,000.
  • Franklin Conservation District. Library conservation awareness and education, plus pollinator model project, $ 42,000.
  • Hampden Hampshire Conservation District, Healthy Soils & Urban Agriculture Education and Outreach, $ 42,000.
  • Worcester Conservation District, Healthy Soils Initiative, $ 42,000 /


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