Close to $2 million will be used to rehabilitate Roxbury Heritage State Park and the adjacent Dillaway-Thomas House, Governor Deval Patrick recently announced.
“Across the Commonwealth, we are investing in green spaces in urban communities to provide an oasis and a gathering place in our neighborhoods,” Governor Deval Patrick said in a statement. “Today’s investment will create opportunities for Roxbury residents and park visitors to enjoy open space and learn about the rich history of their community for generations to come.”
The project, paid for thorough capital funding, will make a number of improvements to the park to encourage public use, including landscaping, the installation of park amenities, improvements to the park’s parking lot, and the removal of invasive vegetation.
“These investments will help to restore the park and deliver on its original purpose, to provide a place for families and visitors to recreate and explore all that the Roxbury community has to offer,” Rick Sullivan, Secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs, said in a statement. “The Patrick Administration has made historic investments in open space, making Massachusetts a better place for our children and grandchildren.”
A portion of the funds will also be used to create a community history resource center and archaeological conservation lab at the Dillaway-Thomas House. The center is expected to include interactive exhibits that reflect the history of Roxbury.
“As the State Representative for the area, I know and love the rich history and culture of Roxbury,” Representative Gloria Fox, who represents the area, said in a statement. “Now because of this investment to the Roxbury Heritage State Park all of Roxbury will have more access, visual pride, and a resource center where they can learn about the richness of their community and its history.”
Roxbury Heritage State Park was added to the Heritage State Park system in 1987.The Dillaway-Thomas House, constructed in the mid-18th century, serves as its headquarters.