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Plans Unveiled For New Neighborhood Park


Officials Thursday announced a Massachusetts state grant award to build a new neighborhood park in the city of Springfield.

A former school playground will undergo an $850,000 upgrade to provide six-and-a-half acres of  recreational and open space in the densely populated Pine Point Neighborhood.  Michael Connolly, who has two children, said the closest park now is almost four miles away.

" I am excited for the kids in the community, my kids included, that they have some place in walking distance to get the energy out."

The new Balliet Park will have a spray pad, basketball court, tennis courts, soccer field and softball diamond.  There also will be play structures for young children, a pavilion and picnic area, walkways and shade trees.

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.