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Private Park Is Donated To City By Chemical Company

City of Springfield

A new city park will be opened and dedicated on Monday in Springfield, Massachusetts

   The 18 acre park is open green space that was used by over 50 years by employees of a chemical plant.  The plant’s current owner, Eastman Chemical, donated it to the city.  At an earlier event marking playground improvements, Springfield Parks and Recreation Director Patrick Sullivan said the quality of life is enhanced by parks.

   The new park comes with an existing basketball court, baseball diamond, pavilion and restrooms.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.