Office of Mayor Domenic J. Sarno
MAYOR DOMENIC J. SARNO SET TO RE-OPEN HUBBARD PARK AFTER EXTENSIVE RENOVATION
EVENT: Hubbard Park Ribbon Cutting
DATE: Thursday, August 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM
PLACE: Hubbard Park, 205 Parker Street, Indian Orchard, MA 01151
August 22, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Executive Director Patrick Sullivan and Park Commission Chairman Brian Santaniello invite the public to a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony on Thursday, August 22, at 10:00 am. Hubbard Park, located on Parker Street in Indian Orchard, MA; is re-opening after close to one million dollars in renovations.
Funding for the renovations were made possible by a $500,000 PARC grant from the Division of Conservation Services, $200,000 from UniFirst Corporation and $285,000 in Community Development Block Grants. The project included renovation of the ball-fields, new drainage to correct years of flooding that would occur on the fields, new parking area and improvements to the basketball court. Also, new site amenities including: fencing, lighting and picnic tables, as well as the formalization of the entrance with new signage, blacktop and plantings.
Mayor Domenic Sarno stated, “Hubbard Park is the jewel of Indian Orchard. The improvements made at this park will allow the future generations of this neighborhood to enjoy this open space for many years. I also would like to thank Unifirst for their involvement in the purchase of the .6 acres from Hubbard Park which has allowed this Company to expand and stay here in the City of Springfield. I appreciate their efforts and commitment to our City. Also, thank you to our state delegation, especially State Representative Thomas Petrolati and State Senator Gale Candaras, for their efforts in shepherding through the necessary legislative pieces too.”
Patrick Sullivan, Executive Director of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management stated, “The Indian Orchard Citizen Council led the charge to renovate Hubbard Park. I want to thank past Council Presidents Sue Soto and Eileen McGrath and current Council President Sandy Babbie for coordinating the neighborhood meetings, bringing the neighborhood together for the design meetings and being a partner with the Park Department in this project. We look forward to many years of enjoyment for the neighborhood residents. ”
Brian Santaniello, Park Commission Chairman stated, “This is great news for the Park Patrons of Hubbard Park; I am especially pleased with the new entrance and parking facility. This will allow for a safer visit to the park and alleviate the parking congestion from Parker Street. The park improvements will ensure quality baseball and soccer fields. By local, state, federal government and the business community working together, we can make great things happen for our City. I would also like to extend a special thank you to our Mayor who continues to find the funding to improve our Park System.”