LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR MURRAY HIGHLIGHTS $1 MILLION INVESTMENT FOR ADAMS GREEN PARK IN QUINCY
QUINCY – Thursday, March 1, 2012 – Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today highlighted $1 million in grant funding to enhance the Adams Green Park in Quincy, one of the Commonwealth’s 22 Gateway Cities. Today’s visit was an opportunity to join local and state officials to celebrate this grant funding to help move the Adams Green Park project forward along with ongoing redevelopment plans in Quincy’s downtown district.
“Parks are key resources that strengthen the fabric of communities across Massachusetts,” said Lieutenant Governor Murray. “By committing resources to our parks, our Administration and municipal partners are providing more recreational opportunities for people of all ages and effecting positive change in our neighborhoods and communities.”
The funding for the Adams Green Park in Quincy is supported by one of the Patrick-Murray Administration’s signature initiatives, the Gateway Cities Parks Program. This program, along with the Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities program, the Administration has invested more than $72.9 million since 2007, resulting in the creation or restoration of 154 parks.
Today’s announced $1 million for the Adams Green Park will support the design and construction documents necessary to build Adams Green, planned as a centerpiece of a reinvigorated downtown Quincy. This planned park will be a new civic open space featuring a unifying town green and promenade.
“A big part of our commitment to land conservation is focused on investing in cities and towns and our Gateway City Parks program helps conserve green space in our urban areas, invigorating neighborhoods and improving the lives of residents across the state,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Richard K. Sullivan Jr. “The project here in Quincy highlights the value that Governor Patrick and Lieutenant Governor Murray place on parks and open space protection, utilizing strong public/private partnerships to effect positive change in our cities.”
In May 2011, Governor Deval Patrick signed into law an act that will move forward the $1.6 billion urban renewal of downtown Quincy and create thousands of new construction and permanent jobs as part of the Administration’s overall commitment to strengthening the Commonwealth's communities and unlocking new economic development opportunities for public-private partnerships.
The new law facilitates the City's land disposition agreement with the developer for the redevelopment of Quincy Center. It will afford the City more oversight while utilizing the state's Urban Redevelopment Corporation program (MGL C.121A) by shifting certain approval measures from the Commonwealth's Department of Housing and Community Development to the Quincy Department of Planning and Community Development.
“The downtown Quincy redevelopment project is one of the largest private development projects underway in the Commonwealth, and will have not just local, but regional and even statewide economic implications,” said Senator John Keenan. “The Adams Green will be a civic and cultural cornerstone for the project; a piece of downtown green space that will serve as a bridge between Quincy’s historic treasures and its new, vibrant development. I thank the Patrick Administration for their ongoing support of this historic project.”
The Patrick-Murray Administration has made numerous investments in the Commonwealth’s Gateway Cities. The Administration has implemented the following strategy to make the state’s Gateway Cities communities centers of economic activity:
- Make long-term investments in education, innovation and infrastructure, with special attention to the growth potential of each city’s entrepreneurs and small businesses.
- Leverage the potential of each community’s distinctive assets, including their educational, medical and cultural institutions, and their historic buildings and neighborhoods.
- Connect Gateway Cities to other local, state and global centers of innovation and economic activity.
In keeping with this strategy, the Patrick-Murray Administration has made the following Gateway City investments:
- $1,855,536,592 in Chapter 70 Education Funding and Unrestricted Local Aid in 2009.
- Over $1 billion in active construction contracts through MassDOT.
- Over $20 million in Gateway City Parks grants for park projects in 24 cities.
- $109,150,534 since 2007 in public safety grants for police and fire departments and non- profit agencies to maintain staffing levels and combat violence.
- $17,484,882 since 2007 in Workforce Training Grants.