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MAYOR DOMENIC J. SARNO ANNOUNCES GROUNDBREAKING AT MARY TROY PARK
August 28, 2014 –Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic Sarno, Executive Director Patrick Sullivan and Park Chairman Brian Santaniello, proudly announce the groundbreaking at Mary Troy Park.
The city has been awarded a grant through the Commonwealth’s Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) grant program to transfer the former vacant lot at 771 Liberty Street into a neighborhood park, named in honor of Mary Troy. Mary was the former Director of the Hungry Hill Senior Center and advocated vigorously for both senior and neighborhood improvements. The park will include a patio area, splash pad, playground, walking path, and landscape improvements.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated, "I am thrilled about the proposed improvements. The reuse of this space as a park offers a positive environment for the Liberty Heights neighborhood. I am also pleased to honor Mary Troy by naming the new park in her memory. Mary worked tirelessly for this community and her name deserves to live on so future generations know the importance of Mary Troy’s legacy of civic responsibility and what an effective advocate can do for a community."
Park Commission Chairman Brian Santaniello said, “I had the good fortune to work closely with Mary Troy as a City Councilor and this neighborhood has benefited greatly over the years because of her unselfish devotion to the community.”
Patrick Sullivan stated, "It has been a pleasure to work with the Mayor, the Park Commission and in establishing the reuse of this property. I am thrilled that our Mayor has found the resources to implement this exciting project. It is a proud day for Hungry Hill to have a park named in honor of Mary Troy and we thank her family for allowing her name to be placed on this new park. It will become a focal point for the neighborhood and a venue for all residents to enjoy."
The PARC grant program awarded the city $400,000 for this park, with matching funds of $380,000 through CDBG funds. Construction is set to begin in early September and the park will officially open in early summer 2015.