Greener pastures will soon be coming to the Connecticut River bank in Springfield.
Gov. Deval Patrick announced a $1.3 million investment in Springfield's North Riverfront Park while visiting the park Thursday morning.
The grant will allow Springfield to develop a public green space along the Connecticut River, in a location that has been vacant and unused for decades.
The project will also include a fitness trail, with a series of exercise stations along Riverside Road and the Connecticut River walk and bikeway, which will begin at North Riverfront Park.
"Growth requires investment, and creating and then upgrading our urban parks will create growth and opportunity in Springfield and beyond," Patrick said. "This investment will improve the lives of the city's residents now and for generations to come."
Springfield is one of seven cities in Massachusetts that is receiving funding through the Patrick Administration's Signature Urban Parks program.
Mayor Domenic Sarno thanked Patrick and Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan for the substantial award to further develop North Riverfront Park.
"Their commitment to providing increased green spaces and recreation opportunities in urban settings dovetails perfectly with our objective of providing a high quality of life for the residents and businesses here in the city of Springfield," Sarno said.
The improvements to North Riverfront Park will build on the Massachusetts Department of Transportation's (MassDOT) $11 million investment in the Connecticut River walk and bikeway, which was made in partnership with the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission.
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