Greenfield has been awarded a $400,000 PARC Grant to transform a parking lot into a skatepark.
Greenfield, MA – Tuesday, September 21, 2021
Greenfield has been awarded a $400,000 PARC Grant by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) for the transformation of a parking lot into a new skatepark. “It feels amazing considering the challenges we have overcome to be here today! This grant award is a real testament to the hard work of so many people in our community. The skatepark will be an incredible asset to the community drawing visitors of all ages. I am truly grateful for the support of this project” says Christy Moore, Recreation Director. Skatepark Committee member Susan Worgaftik was on hand in Lowell to accept the award from Governor Baker.
“This project is the direct result of unwavering community dedication and involvement on many levels” said Mayor Wedegartner. “The skatepark project will provide our children with an opportunity for growth, skill development, and socialization in a park they will enjoy for years to come and who knows, Greenfield could produce an Olympic-level skateboarder!”
Building on efforts to enhance and protect natural resources, the Baker-Polito Administration today awarded $10,090,749 in grant funding for park improvements, open space acquisitions, and land conservation projects in 37 Massachusetts communities and six conservation districts. The grants, funded by the EEA’s capital budget and administered through several programs, including the Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC), Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity (LAND), Conservation Partnership, and Conservation District Innovation Grant Programs, will help municipalities and land trusts in their efforts to protect land for future generations for outdoor recreation purposes. The announcement was made by Governor Charlie Baker and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito at the City of Lowell’s South Common as part of the Administration’s celebration of Climate Week in Massachusetts.
“Massachusetts has great open spaces and natural resources that not only provide recreation and access to the great outdoors, but make the Commonwealth more resilient to the impacts of climate change,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our Administration has made land conservation and local park improvements a key priority since coming into office in 2015, and our proposal to direct $100 million of federal relief funding into parks and open spaces will allow us to invest even more resources into these important projects, especially in Gateway Cities and underserved communities that need better access to green spaces.”
“Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, access to the state’s green spaces and parks has never been more important to residents in every community across the Commonwealth,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “The PARC, LAND and Conservation Partnership programs all play a critical role in ensuring the public has many opportunities to explore and enjoy natural recourses that are available close to home, and we’re proud to work with partners in municipalities across the Commonwealth to support these park improvement projects.”
The Administration awarded $8 million through the PARC Grant Program to support 24 projects that will support the development of parks and outdoor recreational assets. The program was established in 1977 to assist cities and towns in acquiring and developing land for parks and outdoor recreation purposes. Any community with an up-to-date Open Space and Recreation Plan is eligible to apply for the program. Since 2015, the Administration has awarded $47 million to 153 projects to acquire land for and build new parks, and renovate existing ones.