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Mary Troy Park Set Opens as Part of $950,000 in Neighborhood Improvements
EVENT: Mary Troy Park Opening
DATE: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.
PLACE: 771 Liberty Street, Springfield, MA 01104
July 1, 2015 –Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Executive Director of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management Patrick Sullivan and Park Commission Chairman Brian Santaniello, proudly announce the opening of Mary Troy Park.
Mary Troy park was funded through the Commonwealth’s Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) grant program which awarded to the city $400,000 with the city matched with $380,000 of CDBG funds. The project renovated a vacant lot at 771 Liberty Street into a new neighborhood park and concludes a substantial rehabilitation in the area. The senior center adjacent to the park opened in May after receiving $80,000 in renovations and demolished a long time blighted, vacant and fire damaged property located at 29 Kendall Street which will be converted into parking for the senior center. The demolition cost $95,874.50 and required extensive remediation due to the stucco on the exterior containing asbestos. The demolition work is being performed by Associated Building Wreckers. These projects represent over $950,000 of investment into the Hungry Hill neighborhood.
This park is dedicated in memory of Mary Troy, a life-long resident and community activist in the Liberty Heights neighborhood. Mary was a tireless advocate for the City of Springfield, especially Hungry Hill and its senior citizens. Mary served as the director of the Hungry Hill Senior Center considered by many to be the heart of this neighborhood. To honor her life-long dedication and civic duty to this area, the new park adjacent to the Hungry Hill Senior Center, in the heart of the Liberty Heights neighborhood, is dedicated in her honor.
The new park provides approximately one acre of centrally located open space in the Liberty Heights neighborhood. Renovations will increase safety and access for all members of the community by providing a well-lit, visible and usable pedestrian thoroughfare from Liberty Street to Kendall Street.
This new park will become a neighborhood resource offering a variety of recreational opportunities to meet the diverse needs of this neighborhood. Proposed site improvements are universally designed to provide engaging features for people of all ages and abilities and exceed ADA accessibility requirements. A series of freestanding play structures and exercise equipment positioned along a central pathway and within pockets encompassed by paved travel lanes will allow users to actively engage in recreational amenities within this park. Each pocket area has either a wood fiber or rubberized safety surface that meets safety and accessibility standards.
Additional amenities, such as a drinking fountain, trash receptacles, bike rack, benches and improved lighting will aid park patrons in their use of this park. Park improvements include: a patio area with five picnic tables, eight park benches, a sensory garden planting (eight planter-beds in the patio), a splash pad, playground unit (ages 2-5 year olds), swing set (five swings total: four traditional, one toddler, one accessible), a fit course, lawn areas, new sidewalk and new lighting.
New plantings throughout the park include: 21 Trees: a variety of dogwoods, crabapple, honey locust, tulip poplar, ginkgo biloba, a variety of shrubs, perennials (roses, rhododendron, boxwoods, etc.).
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated, "I am pleased to be opening this park today. The reuse of this space as a park offers a positive environment for the residents and businesses of 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. The Mary Troy Park is now a focal point for the neighborhood and a venue for all residents to enjoy."