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     It will be harder to find relief from the heat this summer in the largest city in western Massachusetts. 

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  To slow the spread of the coronavirus, new steps are being taken to keep people apart in the outdoors in Massachusetts.

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       People are working remotely. Children are home from school.  You can’t dine out in your favorite restaurant or hang out in the neighborhood bar.  Movie theaters are dark. Fitness centers closed.    What can you do?   You can still enjoy the great outdoors.  

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  A $ 1 million improvement plan has been unveiled for an urban park in western Massachusetts.

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    An ambitious plan unveiled last spring for renovating and updating one of the oldest urban parks in western Massachusetts is moving forward.

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     With summer approaching, multi-million dollar upgrades have been finished at two parks in downtown Springfield, Massachusetts.

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     The memory of a slain U.S. Marine from Massachusetts is embodied in a new house built by hundreds of volunteers that will soon be owned and occupied by a military family.

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   Having just finished a major project to repair a dam once considered a threat to public safety and property, officials in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts have turned their attention to a second dam in the same area.

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       A venerable western Massachusetts zoo, which has struggled financially, has hired a new director, who vows to take the zoo in a new direction. 

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    The show will go on. But, for the first time in more than 25 years, fireworks will not be launched over the Connecticut River on the Fourth of July in downtown Springfield.

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   After a delay of one week, the city council in Springfield, Massachusetts has greenlighted a major park improvement project.  

     The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts voted earlier this week to authorize the city to borrow more than $12.5 million to pay for construction projects and equipment purchases.  But a delay in authorizing city funds to improve a park drew the ire of the mayor.

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    A new park in Springfield, Massachusetts is being named to honor two city police officers killed in the line of duty more than three decades ago. 

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            The newest park in Springfield. Massachusetts honors a fallen U.S. Marine and keeps a promise to the neighborhood where he grew up.

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The National Park Service has awarded a $250,000 grant to help fund improvements to a popular park in an inner-city neighborhood in Springfield, Massachusetts.

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   Ground was broken today for a future park in Springfield, Massachusetts that will be named for a slain U.S. Marine.

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While some cities put up cameras at traffic intersections to spot motorists speeding through red lights, Springfield, Massachusetts is putting cameras in trees to catch people illegally dumping tires, mattresses, appliances, and garbage bags.     

City officials gathered Tuesday at Loon Pond, once a notorious illegal dumping site, to announce plans to double the number of locations that will be monitored continuously by motion-triggered cameras as part of an ongoing campaign against blight.

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A new skills training center is being built in western Massachusetts to help put low income residents of Springfield to work and to help preserve an attraction that annually draws tens of thousands of people from throughout the region.

The $3 million job training facility that is being constructed in Springfield’s Forest Park is an unusual partnership that includes the city’s parks department, local trade unions, the regional employment board, and a private nonprofit that puts on the huge Bright Nights holiday light festival.

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Close to $10 million in local, state, and federal money has been spent in the last couple of years to construct or renovate parks of all shapes and sizes in the city of Springfield, Massachusetts.  The projects have opened up new recreational opportunities, eliminated blight, and brought parks closer to the people.

Children this summer had a chance to cool off and play on a splash pad in one of Springfield’s newest parks.

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A city park seriously damaged by the June 1, 2011 tornado that hit Springfield reopened today after a nearly $1 million improvement project.

City and state officials joined with residents of the Sixteen Acres neighborhood to praise the Camp Wilder Park renovations. Mayor Domenic Sarno said the park is an “urban oasis” in an area that had been ripped to shreds three years ago by the tornado.

" I almost had a tear in my eye coming in here today. To think of all the debris that was here and now look at this magnificent park. But, we always had a can-do attitude."