Mayor Carlo DeMaria and the City of Everett gathered together this past Saturday for the unveiling of the newly renovated Glendale Park. The community event was well attended by residents and state and local officials. The park received a $2.6 million renovation, paid for in part by $500,000 from the Massachusetts Executive Office for Energy and Environment Affairs, as well as funds from the Mayor’s Capital Improvement Plan.
The renovation project included a new natural turf baseball field and two new softball fields with engineered root-zone material, subsurface drainage layers and an updated irrigation system, all which will help maintain stronger, longer-lasting sod. New athletic field lighting now targets areas of play, while independent pedestrian lighting illuminates the other areas of the park, such as the perimeter walkways.
The Tot Lot has also been completely overhauled. It has been made larger, with all new play equipment, and is also ADA compliant. The most drastic improvement is the overall beautification of the park. Formalized entrance areas, ornamental fencing, decorative lampposts, drinking fountains, and standardized benches and trash receptacles highlight the significant improvements in landscaping such as retaining walls, flowerbeds, planters, and more.
The Mayor addressed attendees at the ribbon cutting and expressed the importance of renovation and development within the City, especially to community areas such as parks and playgrounds. “Glendale Park is one of many parks and tot lots around the City that will receive updates and renovations,” stated Mayor DeMaria, “Keeping our recreational areas and green spaces current and well maintained is an essential aspect of retaining value in our City. Our residents, especially our children, deserve the very best places to retreat for fun and relaxation.”
After the ribbon cutting, attendees got to see and test out the new play area, enjoy a friendly City softball tournament between City Hall, the School Department, City Services, and the Police and Fire Departments, as well as sample a delicious barbeque lunch sponsored by Nesra Engineering. GTA Co, Inc., McKinnons, Restaurant Depot, and Target.