MEDIA ADVISORY, CONTACT: Jim Leydon, Communications Director
NATHAN BILL PARK TO UNDERGO $750,000 RENOVATION
EVENT: Nathan Bill Park Renovation Announcement
DATE: Monday, October 6, 2014 at 10:45 a.m.
PLACE: Nathan Bill Park, Springfield, MA 01118
CONTACT: Patrick J. Sullivan, Executive Director 787-6441
October 6, 2014 –Springfield, MA- Congressman Richard E. Neal, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Congressman Richard E. Neal, State Representative Angelo Puppolo, and Park Chairman Brian Santaniello will be announcing a $750,000 CDBG/DR grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to renovate Nathan Bill Park in East Forest Park. The grant is part of Mayor Domenic J. Sarno’ s commitment, along with the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Federal Government, to rebuild Springfield and make improvements in areas affected by the 2011 tornado. The City, in conjunction with the East Forest Park Civic Association and area residents, developed a master plan for Nathan Bill Park. Improvements will include new tennis courts, improved athletic fields, improvements to the existing playground and swings, a new splash pad, landscape improvements and improved parking. The project is out for public bid and construction will be completed by fall 2015.
Congressman Richard E. Neal stated, "Nathan Bill has been an iconic part of East Forest Park for decades. The historic park is truly the athletic and recreational centerpiece of the neighborhood. These federal funds will give the ball fields, tennis courts and playground a complete facelift. It's exciting news for the city and its residents," said Congressman Richard E. Neal.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated, “The resiliency and patience exhibited but the residents of East Forest Park during our recovery efforts is greatly appreciated. I would like to express my gratitude to both the Commonwealth and the Federal Government for providing funding to restore our neighborhoods. This is one more piece of the puzzle in restoring the open space affected by the tornado.”
State Representative Angelo J. Puppolo Jr. said, “I am thrilled to see this project moving forward. The residents of East Forest Park have worked hard in rebuilding their homes and streetscape. The improvements at Nathan Bill will begin to complete the restoration of the neighborhood. The Commonwealth will continue to work with the residents and the recent environmental bond bill allocated over $800,000 for additional tree planting throughout the tornado zone. I look forward to working Mayor Sarno in the continued planning process to restore East Forest Park.”
Park Chairman Brian Santaniello stated, “The Park Commission wants to thank the residents of East Forest Pak in playing a vital role in the planning process for this grant. The success of any project depends on neighborhood support and input. We look forward to the continued improvements scheduled to take place over the next year.”