For Immediate Release - February 05, 2013

Patrick-Murray Administration Awards $2.7 Million Gateway Cities Grant to Revere

REVERE – Tuesday, February 5, 2013 – As part of the Governor's plan to grow jobs and expand economic opportunity, Massachusetts Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) Secretary Rick Sullivan today announced a $2,720,000 grant to help complete the reconstruction of Revere’s Della Russo Stadium.

The grant was awarded through the EEA’s Gateway Cities Parks Program. Established in 2009, the program was designed to create parks and enhance recreational facilities in 24 communities, which have been declared Gateway Cities, across the Commonwealth.

“The Patrick-Murray Administration remains committed to strengthening communities throughout Massachusetts, especially those in our urban areas,” said Secretary Sullivan. “Park projects, like the restoration of the Della Russo Stadium, help revitalize those areas, providing clean and safe places for residents to enjoy for years to come.”

The grant will be used to make the stadium a state-of-the-art, multi-use and city-wide recreational facility. Once completed, the stadium will include new seating for 2,250, a press box, field house, multi-purpose artificial field, running track, and tennis and basketball courts.

The stadium will also feature ADA-compliant restrooms and locker rooms, a concession area and fencing field. The stadium was first constructed in 1935, and in 1973, was named after State Senator Harry Della Russo.

“I thank the Patrick-Murray Administration and Secretary Sullivan for their approval of this grant for the city of Revere,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. “The revitalization of Harry Della Russo Stadium is yet another effort in a string of ambitious improvements that Revere has seen under the Rizzo Administration and, as a proud representative of this city; I am excited to this project come to fruition.”

“I am thrilled Revere will be receiving these funds for the reconstruction of Della Russo Stadium," said Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein. "I am thankful to the Patrick-Murray administration and EEA for continuing to support important projects like this through the Gateway Cities Parks Program. This restoration is vital to expanding opportunities for our growing youth population and provides a state of the art recreational facility that will serve the city of Revere for years to come.”

“This is great news for the City of Revere as our student athletes will now have a state of the art, 21st century facility to enjoy,” said Sen. Anthony Petruccelli.

“I was overjoyed when we received word from the EEA that Revere was to receive funding to rehabilitate Harry Della Russo Stadium," said Mayor Dan Rizzo. "This grant validates our hard work done on a daily basis to improve the quality of life for all Revere residents. I believe that a new state of the art facility in our downtown area will be another step towards revitalizing our central business district and that it will dramatically impact the quality and quantity of opportunities that currently exist for recreational and sports related activities for our children.”

The Gateway City Parks Program is a flexible program, providing municipal officials with a variety of funding options for all phases of park development. There are 24 Massachusetts cities eligible for the program, which targets communities with population greater than 35,000, and median household incomes and educational attainment levels below the state average.

Funding can be used for activities and costs such as brownfield assessment and cleanup, park planning and recreational needs assessments – including the development of open space and recreation plans, activities that were not eligible for state parks funding prior to the Patrick-Murray Administration's creation of the Gateway City Parks program. Communities can also use the grants for acquisition, design and construction of parks, greenways, and other recreational facilities.

Over the past three years, the Patrick-Murray Administration has invested nearly $22 million in the program. In 2012, the program funded $7 million worth of park construction projects, providing jobs and enhancing economic vitality and quality of life. In fiscal year 2014, $6.6 million is budgeted for the program.

Since taking office, the Patrick-Murray Administration has made a historic investment of more than $300 million in land conservation. This has been accomplished by focusing on three goals: preserving working farms and forests, protecting large natural landscapes for habitat, and investing in urban parks.