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Money set aside for Mattapan parks in mayor's five-year Capital Plan

Posted by Patrick Rosso  April 19, 2012 08:35 AM

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Mayor Thomas M. Menino's $1.8 billion citywide Capital Plan includes money to improve Harambee Park and Hunt/Almont Park in Mattapan.

Menino unveiled the five-year plan in Roslindale on Wednesday. The blueprint includes 336 projects across Boston.

“Careful planning and thoughtful decisions – in many cases very difficult decisions – over the last several years have positioned Boston for greater success as economic recovery takes hold,” Menino said in a statement. “By investing in people and programs, as well as infrastructure, we continue to build a better Boston.”

Improvements to the Hunt/Almont Park include a complete overhaul of the park with a new field, facilities, and lighting. Harambee Park will also see its playing courts redone.

The plan, according to the mayor's office, will invest $100 million more than last year and is estimated to create 700 construction jobs in Fiscal Year 2013.

The 95 park improvement projects account for more than a quarter of all the capital projects and are estimated to cost close to $90 million.

A statement from the mayor’s office said the new plan aims to improve the quality of life of residents through investments in parks and community centers.

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