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Last updated 10:09PM ET
September 23, 2018
WFCR Local News
WFCR Local News
9 Western MA Communities Receive State Funds for Preservation
(wfcr) - 9 western Massachusetts communities will be getting money from the state to preserve park land or develop recreational areas. The department of energy and environmental affairs is giving out $8 million in what it calls urban self help grants. Among the local projects funded are the Jones Ferry Marina in Holyoke for boating activities; expansion of the lower mill pond park in Easthampton; improvements to Wahcohah Park in Pittsfield, and construction of ballfields at Deberry Playground in Springfield. State Secretary Ian Bowles says, while other state agencies address urban problems such as homelessness and poverty, this program supports the role open space plays in standard of living.

21 urban park proposals were funded statewide.
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