At its meeting last Wednesday night, the Conservation Commission gave its okay for the city to get underway with renovations to Ambrose Park.
The commission determined that there will be no significant removal of fill or dredging as a part of the project. “We are making renovations to Ambrose Park,” said Elle Baker, the city’s open space and environmental planner. “The renovations are to an existing site to repair and replace existing structures.”
The mulch in the playground will be removed and replaced with poured-in-place rubber, and there will also be an addition of some green space to the park and some drainage improvements, said Baker. “The entire design for the playground is for accessibility and inclusivity, which is why we are changing the mulch to poured-in-place rubber so we are in compliance with the state requirements for that,” said Baker. “All of the equipment has been designed in partnership with the Commission on Disability here in the city of Revere to make sure we are selecting equipment that suits the needs for all to be included.”
Near the end of 2020, the City Council approved a resolution allowing the city to file for a $273,900 Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities grant from the state to renovate the park. The remainder of the anticipated $415,000 cost of the restoration project will be covered by a Community Development Block Grant.
The Ambrose Park proposed project goals include introducing a fully ADA accessible facility with additional focus on special needs and middle school accommodations. Highlights of the project include the demolition and removal of existing structures to be replaced by the new inclusive play structures, entry gates and fence repairs, security lighting, a perimeter ADA walkway, ADA curb cuts, new benches, five new shade trees and new handicap parking.
“It’s definitely needed over there,” said Conservation Commission Member Nicholas Rudolph. “I lived in that neighborhood as a kid, and I’m glad to hear it’s going to be renovated.”