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The second phase of improvements to Almont Park in Mattapan are funded and a contractor for the work has been selected, according to the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.
The approximately $1.7-million phase includes the installation of synthetic turf, new tennis courts, new sports lighting, new outdoor exercise equipment, renovated entrances, new walkways, and new plantings.
“I am pleased to announce that this popular neighborhood park is being further renovated and will provide the community with updated athletic facilities and places for relaxation,” Mayor Thomas M. Menino said in a statement. “The result will be a beautifully rehabilitated park that will serve Mattapan residents of all ages.”
The work, which is expected to take place from early-December 2013 to July 2014, will be performed by Bedford-based Argus Construction.
“I am excited that the Parks Department is about to begin work on Phase II of this important project,” District City Councilor Rob Consalvo said in a statement. “With this next phase of construction, we will be one step closer to providing a beautiful, state-of-the-art park that the Mattapan community will enjoy now and for years to come.”
Following the completion of the second phase, the third and final phase of improvements to the park are expected to begin. Estimated to cost close to $1.2-million, the third phase will include two new basketball courts, a renovated walking track and baseball diamond, a new cricket pitch, wooded pathways, new pedestrian lighting, and the addition of parking. That work is expected to be completed by the spring of 2015.
The first phase of the project, completed over the summer, included renovations to the park's Tre’Vaughn Anthony Matthews Tot Lot as well as the addition of picnic tables, new fencing, and a number of new trees.