Marlborough officials announce investment in city’s parks and playgrounds

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m-playgroundMarlborough – Mayor Arthur Vigeant was joined Sept. 12 by state Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton), state Representative Danielle Gregoire, (D-Marlborough) and state Representative Carmine Gentile (D-Sudbury) to announce renovations at two Marlborough playgrounds. Utilizing a combination of Marlborough funds and $250,000 in state funding, the city will renovate the John Street Playground and install a splash pad at Ghiloni Park.

Eldridge advocated for the funding for Marlborough parks and playgrounds during the Fiscal Year 2016 state budget debate and with the assistance of Gregoire and Gentile, was able to secure $250,000 to invest in upgrades in Marlborough.

“Over the past few years, I have made it a priority to invest in our parks and playgrounds. I am very proud of the success we achieved in revitalizing Memorial Beach, renovating Ward Park, and making improvements at Stevens Park,” Vigeant said. “These funds in last year’s state budget made it possible for us to move forward on projects at John Street Playground and at Ghiloni Park. I’m thankful to our legislative delegation for their support of Marlborough and to the City Council for providing the balance of funding needed for the projects.”

“I am proud to have secured the $250,000 for the Marlborough parks in the FY2016 Senate budget, and commend the advocacy of representatives Danielle Gregoire and Carmine Gentile on working with me to get that funding released by the Baker Administration,” said Eldridge. “Physical activity is so essential to the growth and success of children and it is vital that they can access safe and upgraded playgrounds in their neighborhoods.”

“The neighborhood park is quintessential ‘New England’ and I am proud to have worked with other state and local officials to make this investment,” said Gregoire. “We often talk about jobs and economic development but this grant demonstrates our commitment to the quality of life for our residents in addition to financial pursuits.”

The scope of work at the John Street playground will include installation of a new play-scape, new landscaping, new fencing, and resurfacing of the basketball court. The labor will be performed by Department of Public Works personnel.

The splash pad for the Ghiloni Park has been purchased and will be ready for spring 2017.