MAYOR DOMENIC J. SARNO SET TO BREAK GROUND ON THE REBUILDING OF CAMP WILDER
Office of Mayor Domenic J. Sarno
September 10, 2013 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic Sarno, Executive Director Patrick Sullivan and Park Chairman Brian Santaniello, proudly announce the rebuilding of Camp Wilder Park with grants and donations totaling $983,000. The Park had been affected by the June 1st tornado and over fifteen acres of woodland were lost in the storm. As part of the rebuilding meetings hosted over a six month period, the Camp Wilder park renovation was a top priority for the Sixteen Acres community. The City has received a grant for $353,000 from the Commonwealth’s PARC program and matched by the following: CDBG $250,000, Department of Conservation & Recreation $180,000 and private donations from the Society of Everett Barney $200,000. The Park renovations will include a new open field area, playground, parking, pavilion, landscape enhancements and improved trails/walkways.
Mayor Sarno stated “The planning process was an important first step in the recovery. Creating a master plan has allowed the City to come together and have a better understanding of the needs of each community affected by the tornado. It is through this effort we are able to continue the rebuilding of our neighborhoods and ensure the projects that were designated by the residents are brought forward and implemented.”
Patrick Sullivan stated “This Park represents generations of memories. Formally owned by the Anderson Family as a day camp; Camp Wilder has been an outdoor retreat to many over the years. Through this PARC grant we will once again create a positive open space experience and ensure that the future generations of our City will look back and realize that after such a destructive storm we cared enough to protect our open space and to return this land to a natural setting. The Sixteen Acres community has been supportive of these efforts and their involvement has been invaluable in the rebuilding process.”
Brain Santaniello stated “Camp Wilder will continue to offer our residents a positive natural recourse. We are very lucky in the City of Springfield to have set aside over 2,500 acres of open space; to have 25 acres here in the middle of Sixteen Acres is a true gift for our citizens. When you look at our neighboring communities’ very little land is being set aside for open space purposes. It is so important we restore Camp Wilder and all the parks affected by the storm and return them to their original state prior to the tornado. It is for these important resources that make Springfield special and I am proud to call Springfield my home.”