April 22, 2021

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Springfield Community Preservation asking for residents’ input on spending priorities for parks, historic preservation and more

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SPRINGFIELD – The Community Preservation Committee wants to know residents’ priorities for preserving the city’s history, developing and using open space, increasing recreation and improving housing.

The Committee, which oversees the community preservation account funded by a voter-approved property tax surcharge and matching state money, is holding a public hearing remotely at 6 p.m., Tuesday, to seek input on projects. Every year the committee holds a public hearing to find out residents’ priorities and then creates a plan.

After the plan is created, it will begin accepting applications in early 2021. The city receives about $1.5 million a year through the surtax.

The money can only be used for specific purposes including the acquisition, creation and preservation of open space, recreational land, historic resources and community housing.

To view the remote meeting residents can go to the Springfield Community Preservation Committee Facebook page and can make comments on the stream as the meeting is occurring. They can also email comments to [email protected] or phone 413-530-1269 before Tuesday.

The meeting can also be watched on channel 17 of the Comcast network or on focusspringfield.com

The committee is made up of three neighborhood residents appointed by the City Council president along with representatives Conservation Commission, Historical Commission, Planning Board, Park Commission, Springfield Housing Authority and the Springfield Preservation Trust.

This year it recommended the City Council fund 15 projects. They are:

  • Duggan Park, $250,000, for improvements to include a baseball field, basketball courts and community garden
  • Elias Brookings Apartments, $250,000, rehabilitation of the historic property by Home City Development
  • Historic home restoration program, $200,000, to target homes in the McKnight Local Historic District for exterior needs
  • George Walter Vincent Smith Art Museum, $165,587, for exterior improvements including the western facade and stained glass windows
  • Forest Park, $110,000, for restoration of the gazebo destroyed in the 2011 tornado
  • Marshall Roy Field, $101,550, to design and install a loop walking path around the park in East Springfield
  • Kilroy House, $92,775, to repair and protect the terra cotta tile roof and stucco exterior
  • Springfield bike park study, $80,000, to produce design development and construction plans for a proposed bike and skate park in the city
  • Indian Orchard, $50,000, to evaluate the creation of swimming and recreational ponds in the neighborhood
  • Thompson Triangle Park, $46,000, for preservation and repair of the fountain
  • Regreen Springfield, $40,635, to continue the effort to control invasive plants, primarily Japanese knotweed, described as a threat to many parks
  • Rockrimmon Boathouse, $35,000, for a study of the site adjacent to the Connecticut River and North Riverfront Park for reuse of the boathouse and other improvements
  • Building Beauty for the Community, $33,600, for repairs at the century-old school site at 57 School St.
  • Spanish American War memorial monument, $20,000 for a study and specifications of how best to preserve the monument at Memorial Square
  • The Trinity House at 51-53 Bay Street for a rehabilitation project

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