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Springfield Neighborhood Enhancements: $2 Million Investment Includes New Pickleball Courts

Springfield Neighborhood Enhancements: The city of Springfield is taking significant steps to improve the quality of life in its neighborhoods, with over $2 million in funding awarded for various projects. This initiative is part of Mayor Domenic Sarno’s commitment to creating safe, healthy, and vibrant communities across the city. The funds, totaling $2,870,000 from the Neighborhood Enhancement Fund, will support 24 projects aimed at making physical improvements and addressing specific neighborhood needs.

A Focus on Safety and Infrastructure

In response to the increasing number of vehicles on the roads post-pandemic, pedestrian safety has become a top priority. Investments include new crosswalks, flashing beacons, and sidewalk improvements.

They are our special extra pair of eyes and ears that tell us what they need to continue, enhance and improve the neighborhood areas,” said Mayor Sarno.

Additionally, funds will be allocated to various infrastructure projects, such as:

  • Signs to encourage donations to charity instead of panhandling: $49,500
  • Pedestrian safety upgrades at Bay & Aster Street: $80,000
  • HVAC, lighting, security, and accessibility improvements to Kenefick Park Field House: $250,000
  • Sidewalk repairs in the Forest Park neighborhood: $218,016
  • Lighting improvements at Hungry Hill Senior Center: $75,000
  • Creation of a pocket park at Carew & Penacook Street: $255,000
  • Installation of electronic speed boards in multiple neighborhoods to reduce speeding

Enhancing Recreational and Community Spaces

Springfield is also focusing on enhancing recreational facilities and community spaces to promote health and wellness. Notable projects include:

  • Installation of picnic tables, bike racks, and trash receptacles at Marshall Roy & Angelina Park: $100,000
  • Lighting improvements and holiday lights in Stearns Square: $37,484
  • Installation of a pickleball court and lighting improvements in Greenleaf Park: $450,000
  • Development of design plans for various intersections and parks to improve safety and usability

A Spotlight on Pickleball

One of the most anticipated projects is the installation of a new pickleball court at Greenleaf Park, with a budget of $450,000. Pickleball, a rapidly growing sport that combines elements of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong, has seen a surge in popularity in recent years. Springfield City Councilor Lavar Click-Bruce highlighted the excitement around the new courts, which are expected to be completed by 2025. This investment reflects the city’s commitment to providing recreational opportunities for residents of all ages.

New Pickleball Court

Community Engagement and Long-term Planning

Mayor Sarno emphasized the importance of community feedback in guiding these investments. The city is also allocating $100,000 to each neighborhood for their own improvements, ensuring that local residents have a say in how their communities develop.

Springfield City Councilor Lavar Click-Bruce highlighted the excitement around the new pickleball courts, expected to be completed by 2025. “It is the fastest growing sport right now, in the past three to four years,” he said. This investment reflects the city’s commitment to providing recreational opportunities for residents of all ages.

Springfield’s comprehensive approach to neighborhood enhancement aims to create a safer, more vibrant city for all its residents. With a diverse range of projects and significant community input, these investments promise to make a lasting impact on the quality of life in Springfield.

News In Brief: Springfield Neighborhood Enhancements

The city of Springfield is investing over $2 million in neighborhood improvements through the Neighborhood Enhancement Fund, supporting 24 projects. Key initiatives include pedestrian safety upgrades, infrastructure improvements, and enhanced recreational facilities. A highlight is the $450,000 investment in a new pickleball court at Greenleaf Park, reflecting the sport’s growing popularity. Mayor Domenic Sarno and City Councilor Lavar Click-Bruce emphasize the importance of community feedback in these developments, aiming to create a safer and more vibrant city for residents.

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