CITY OFFICIALS TO HOLD PUBLIC MEETING ON CROSS STREET PLAYGROUND IMPROVEMENTS
For Immediate Release March 9, 2020
Contact: Peter Miller (413) 572-6246
City to provide update on Cross Street Renovation Project Slated for this summer
WESTFIELD- City officials will hold a Public Meeting soliciting feedback from neighborhood residents and interested parties relative to planned improvements for Cross Street Playground on Thursday, March 12th, at 6:00 pm at City Hall in Room 201. The highlight of the proposed renovation includes the installation of an all-abilities playground with accessible surfacing and a playscape that integrates features to allow for people of all ability levels to play together.
The City has worked with R. Levesque Associates on a plan for the improvements to the park, which currently houses a small playscape, a baseball diamond, and a grass panel in need of improvement. The plan includes an accessible path from existing parking on the northern portion of the property to the planned playscape and pavilion area, which is located on the southern end of the property. Separate from the grant, the City is looking to improve parking on a parcel under the custody and control of the School Department to supplement parking needs for the facility.
While most of the improvements will occur on the southern portion of the Cross Street property, the state has required that a fence separating Cross Street Playground from abutting neighbors be removed to allow for access to a portion of city property that has historically served as a buffer between neighbors and the playground. Federal regulation requires the entire Cross Street Playground parcel be accessible to the public.
City officials will work to answer questions from neighbors and provide an update on the project design.