On Saturday, June 16, Mayor Carlo DeMaria and the City of Everett held an impressive grand re-opening of Swan Street Park with over 500 residents in attendance. This project began in the spring of 2017 and is now a state-of-art facility that will make every resident proud.
“Together we are making our City a better place to live, work and play,” stated Mayor DeMaria. “By building a strong community foundation, we will know not only what Everett was, but also everything it can be.”
The renovation project included the playground, splash pad, picnic tables, playing turf and independent pedestrian lighting that illuminates areas of the park, such as the perimeter walkways. The tot lot has also been completely overhauled. It has been made larger, with all new play equipment, and it is also Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant. Evident from Saturday, the new splash pad (or mini water park) has and will be the highlight of the park for children and their families.
The most dramatic improvement is the overall beautification of the park. Formalized entrance areas, ornamental fencing, decorative lampposts, drinking fountains and standardized benches and trash receptacles highlight the significant improvements in landscaping, such as retaining walls, flowerbeds and planters.
Mayor DeMaria, State Senator Sal DiDomenico, and State Representative Joe McGonagle addressed attendees at the ribbon-cutting and expressed the importance of renovation and development within Everett, especially in community areas, such as parks and playgrounds.
Swan Street Park is one of many parks and tot lots around the city that has or will receive updates and renovations. Mayor DeMaria has continuously highlighted that keeping the community’s recreational areas and green spaces current and well maintained is an essential aspect of retaining value in Everett.
Brenda Dalrymple stated, “We had a great time. The park came out amazing, and its great seeing so many kids using it.”
The grand re-opening included face painters, balloon twisters, PAW Patrol characters, a giant inflatable obstacle course and demonstrations from the Everett Health and Wellness Center on fun games that can be played at all parks. Additionally, there were plenty of treats and healthy snacks courtesy of New England Banana Company and the Everett City Council. The Everett Fire, Police, and Library Departments, YMCA and Boy and Girl Scout organizations were in attendance.