Media Advisory, Contact: Jim Leydon, Communications Director
$850,000 Nathan Bill Park Renovation to be Unveiled
EVENT: Nathan Bill Park Ribbon Cutting
DATE: Thursday, August 13, 2015 at 10:30 a.m.
PLACE: Nathan Bill Park, Springfield, MA 01118
CONTACT: Patrick J. Sullivan, Executive Director 787-6441
August 10, 2015 -Springfield, MA- Mayor Domenic J. Sarno, Patrick Sullivan Executive Director Parks Buildings and Recreation Management, and Park Chairman Brian Santaniello will be announcing improvements totaling $850,000 in which $750,000 CDBG/DR was granted from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and $100,000 in funding from the City of Springfield to renovate Nathan Bill Park in East Forest Park. The park renovation is part of Mayor Domenic J. Sarno’ s commitment, along with 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 included new tennis courts, improved irrigated athletic fields, improvements to the existing playground and swings, a new splash pad, landscape improvements and improved parking. The city opened the splash pad for the summer season and the fields will be opened for spring 2016.
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 have given the ball fields, tennis courts and playground a complete facelift. It's exciting to see the news for the city and its residents," said Congressman Richard E. Neal.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno stated, “I am thrilled we have been able to restore Nathan Bill Park for the residents of East Forest Park. The resiliency and patience exhibited by the residents of East Forest Park during our recovery efforts is greatly appreciated. I would like to express my gratitude to the Federal Government for providing funding for our restoration efforts. This is one more piece of the puzzle in restoring the open space affected by the tornado.”
Patrick Sullivan stated “Nathan Bill Park plays an important part for recreational opportunities for East Forest Park. The residents of this neighborhood have worked tirelessly to ensure a comprehensive master plan and the results are tremendous. I am grateful for everyone’s hard work and to our Mayor for providing the additional funding to complete the projects proposed by the neighborhood.”
Park Chairman Brian Santaniello stated, “The Park Commission wants to thank the residents of East Forest Park 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 efforts of the city and its residents in the restoration of all areas affected by the Tornado.”