Everett receives $735K for Glendale renovations, Bike to Sea design

MASSACHUSETTS – Two projects in the City of Everett that have awaited funding to spur will finally get the financial boost needed, including a renovation of Glendale Park as well as design work for the Northern Strand Community Trail. Lt. Governor Tim Murray announced $14 million in grants to enhance parks and recreational facilities in 24 communities throughout the Commonwealth yesterday.

“Glendale Park is a centerpiece in our city, and with this grant we’ll be able to focus on bringing more recreational activities to the park,” DeMaria told NoBo on Tuesday evening. ” This upgrade will include turf fields, better access, better lighting, an improved tot-lot plus plenty of space for people to relax and enjoy our open space.”

The Glendale renovation will be funded with a $500,000 grant for the the installation of a new synthetic field, athletic and pedestrian lights, irrigation and drainage systems, benches and trees, the rehabilitation of the walking paths, reconstruction of the entrance and tot lot.

In an interview with NoBo Magazine last week, DeMaria had voiced his commitment to creating better parks and playgrounds as he goes forward in his third term, calling for continued pursuit of funding that would create a new Glendale Park as “the centerpiece of recreational activity”.

The Northern Strand Community Trail has been awarded $235,000 for the production of design and construction documents for the trail from the Malden line to Route 16 in Everett and a conceptual plan for the remainder of the path to the Everett-Chelsea line.

Stephen Winslow from Bike to the Sea offered thanks and congratulations on the award of design funds for the Everett section of the Northern Strand in an email on Wednesday.

“We viewed the creation of crushed asphalt trail in 2011 in Everett as essentially creating a canvas for further work to beautify the trail. Design has been done on a shoe string to date so its exciting to see resources will be there to incorporate more of the desires of  trail users,” Winslow said.

“The Northern Strand is an important new multi-community resource, and we’re excited to actually have completed a step in the process” DeMaria added. “Adding potential expansion into Chelsea and along our Route 16 corridor, anyone can go from Boston Harbor to Nahant on bike or foot safely and easily.”

“As the Chairman of the Joint Committee on Small Business and Community Development, I understand how vital our parks are to the health of our communities,” said Senator Sal DiDomenico.

“I would like to thank the Patrick-Murray Administration… for partnering with Everett to create clean, safe public areas, like Glendale Park and the Northern Strand Community Trail.  These additional resources from the State will allow us to enhance our recreational spaces for the families in our community to enjoy.”

Both projects in Everett will be supported with with grants under the Gateway City Parks Program. The program provides municipal officials with funding options for all phases of park development, from park planning and recreational needs assessments to acquisition, design and construction of parks, greenways and other recreational facilities.

“Parks are key resources that strengthen the fabric of communities across Massachusetts,” said Lt. Governor Murray in a statement.

“By committing resources to our parks, our Administration and municipal partners are providing more recreational opportunities for people of all ages and effecting positive change in our neighborhoods and communities.”

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