Contact: Jim Leydon, Communications Director
CAMP WILDER REOPENS AFTER BEING DEVASTATED BY THE 2011 TORNADO
EVENT: Ribbon Cutting at Camp Wilder Park
DATE: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 10:30 AM
PLACE: Camp Wilder, 1524 Parker Street, Springfield, MA 01129
CONTACT: Patrick J. Sullivan, Executive Director 787-6444
July 1, 2014 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic Sarno, Executive Director of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management Patrick Sullivan and Park Commission Chairman Brian Santaniello, proudly announce the reopening of Camp Wilder Park. This rebuild was made possible 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 effort, the Camp Wilder Park renovation was identified as a top priority for the Sixteen Acres community. The City received a grant for $353,000 from the Commonwealth’s PARC program which was matched by the following: CDBG $250,000, Dept. of Conservation & Recreation $180,000 and private donations from the Society of Everett Barney, $200,000.
The Park renovations included a new open field area, playground, parking, pavilion, landscape enhancements and improved trails/walkways.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated “I would like to thank the residents and businesses of Sixteen Acres for their resilience since the tornado struck. In the months after the tornado an all-inclusive city-wide planning process was conducted. Through this process it was clear that residents wanted not only a re-built Camp Wilder but one that offered more amenities where residents could enjoy the outdoors. I am proud to be here today to showcase the results of our collective efforts.”
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 have created 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.”