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Ferryway Green upgrade complete

Posted by Alix Roy  May 20, 2010 10:04 AM

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Ferryway School Student Lucia QuesadaNylen, Mayor Richard Howard, Ward Seven Councillor Neal Anderson, Malden Redevelopment Authority Executive Director Stephen Wishoski, Ferryway School Principal Tom DeVito, architect Pam Shadley, Ferryway School Students Emily Fitzgerald and Jaryd Giorlando, contractor Jim Mercurio, and architect Jason Bobowski attended Tuesday's ribbon cutting at the newly renovated Ferryway Green Park.

The latest in a series of public park improvements was unveiled Tuesday morning as city officials joined students to celebrate the completed renovation of Ferryway Green Park.
 
The $125,000 facelift included a new sod ballfield, new fencing, an irrigation system, and a series of improvements to the park's drainage system to prevent flooding. The city utilized Community Development Block Grant Funds for the project, which was administered by the Malden Redevelopment Authority.

“In an ongoing effort to improve the quality of life for the residents of Malden, we continue to make investments in the city’s passive and active recreational areas,” Malden Mayor Richard Howard said in a statement.

The Ferryway Green Park is located in Ward 7 next to the Ferryway Elementary School, which uses the field during school hours. The Malden High School Girls' Freshman Softball is permitted to use the field during off-hours.

The city is currently working on improvement projects at several of its parks, including Roosevelt Park, where it is partnering with Mystic Valley Charter School to install a turf field. In exchange for its partial funding of the project, Mystic Valley will enjoy exclusive use of the playing fields for 420 hours a year for 20 years.
 
The city is also contemplating partnering with Mystic Valley and Malden Catholic High School to renovate South Broadway Park, according to Stephen Wishoski, executive director of the Malden Redevelopment Authority. In his state of the city address, Howard listed an artificial turf field, tennis courts, and a new tot-lot as possible improvements for the site.

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