In the latest round of upgrades to the city’s parks and playgrounds, the City Council approved filing for a grant for the Liberty Park restoration program Monday night. The anticipated cost of the project for the Breedens Lane playground in North Revere is $550,000. Once the project is completed, the city will be reimbursed $330,000 through a Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) grant from the state.
The Liberty Park proposed project goals include introducing a focus on a tot lot and passive recreation, according to Mayor Brian Arrigo. It “will be designed with attention to accessibility including play equipment and the safety surface,” stated Mayor Brian Arrigo. “The Office of Planning and Community Development is seeking the funding to execute this project on behalf of the City of Revere.”
The scope of the project includes the demolition and removal of existing structures, safety surface, and asphalt with the construction of new play structures for two to five year olds and five to 12 year olds. There will also be new security lighting, a new accessible safety surface of poured in place rubber, a perimeter ADA walkway and ADA curb cuts. In addition, the park will see new benches and new landscaping. There is the potential of some wetland restoration and clean up, although the scope of that part of the project will depend upon feedback from the Conservation Commission and the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection, according to the mayor.
Arrigo said the project is part of continued efforts in the city to ensure the construction of quality recreation facilities and create spaces to foster active lifestyles for young people in Revere.
“There have been a lot of families who have been asking for a rehabilitation of the park, and Elle Baker [of the city planning department] has agreed to work with the North Revere neighborhood group and the residents up there to make those necessary and nice improvements so they can have a nice playground once again up there,” said Ward 6 Councillor Richard Serino.