The Baker-Polito Administration today awarded $859,824 to twenty-six Massachusetts communities and non-profit organizations as part of the Fiscal Year 2018 Partnerships Matching Funds Program. The program, which is administered by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), provides important funds for projects that are proposed by park advocacy groups, civic and community organizations, institutions, non-state government partners, and individuals with an interest in improving the Commonwealth\u2019s natural, cultural, and recreational resources.\n\n\u201cOur Administration prioritizes strong partnerships that truly benefit the public, and through our close collaboration with park advocates, the projects funded through the Partnerships Matching Funds Program will have a significant impact on our state parks system,\u201d said Governor Charlie Baker.\n\n\u201cThe Partnerships Matching Funds Program serves as a great tool for advocacy groups, non-profits, individuals and municipalities interested in investing in their local community and park,\u201d said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. \u201cWith great support from dedicated partners, generations of people will directly benefit from the projects that are funded through this unique program.\u201d\n\nIn order to be considered for the competitive Partnerships Matching Funds Program, projects proposed within DCR managed parks and facilities are first thoroughly reviewed by agency staff and the Commissioner. Once selected, the agency matches the private investment in the park and all projects are managed by DCR to oversee the implementation of the project in close consultation with contributing partners.\n\n\u201cBy utilizing the Partnerships Matching Funds Program, the state is able to leverage valuable public dollars with critical private funds to aid in the completion of projects throughout the Commonwealth,\u201d said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. \u201cThe Commonwealth\u2019s residents have long valued the importance of close to home parks, and by working together, we are able to ensure that generations of people will continue to enjoy a first class park system.\u201d\n\n\u201cThe Baker-Polito Administration is proud to work with state park advocates to assist with the Department of Conservation and Recreation\u2019s mission to protect, promote, and enhance the Commonwealth\u2019s natural, cultural, and recreation resources,\u201d said DCR Commissioner Leo Roy. \u201cThe projects funded through the Partnerships Matching Funds Program will have a lasting impact on the millions of guests who visit the agency\u2019s many parks, forests, and reservations each year.\u201d \n\nAdditionally, during today\u2019s State House event, twenty-two FY\u201917 Partnerships Matching Funds Program recipients were also recognized. Last year, these projects were awarded $896,786 in capital funds. Over the years, the program has received hundreds of applications with past projects including improvements to historic buildings in Cambridge, design work to improve Greater Boston\u2019s bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure, flood mitigation work in Waltham, landscape enhancements to Borderland State Park in Sharon, and trail improvements to the Massachusetts Central Rail Trail in West Boylston.\n\n\u201cGreen Space is one of the greatest resources we have in Plymouth and Cape Cod,\u201d said State Senator Vinny deMacedo (R-Plymouth). \u201cI am proud to be able to continue to work with the Baker-Polito Administration on their continuous investment in our parks especially those at Myles Standish and Scusset Beach which serve as attractions to visitors to our region and amenities for our residents.\u201d\n\n\u201cI want to thank the Baker-Polito Administration for awarding much deserving communities natural, cultural and recreational funding through the Partnerships Matching Funds Program,\u201d said State Senator Mike Rush (D-West Roxbury). \u201cCommunities, such as the town of Dedham, in which I represent, will see the benefit of such a program assisting them with the design and construction of a pedestrian bridge in Cutler Park. By leveraging public dollars with private funds, projects such as this one in Dedham will come to fruition quicker than anticipated.\u201d\n\nDCR matches partner contributions of up to and including $25,000 at 2:1, and 1:1 for contributions above $25,000. In certain circumstances, DCR will consider a 2:1 match for contributions above $25,000, for example multi-phase projects with the same partner. Partner matches are donated to the Commonwealth\u2019s Conservation Trust.\n\n\u201cI\u2019m grateful to Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito\u2019s commitment to our Commonwealth\u2019s unique park system and beautiful natural resources\u201d said State Representative Paul McMurtry (D-Dedham). \u201cBy partnering with DCR, the residents of Dedham and surrounding communities will be able to enjoy healthy outdoor recreational activities for generations to come.\u201d \n\n\u201cThe Partnerships Matching Funds Program not only solidifies our partnership with the Baker-Polito Administration and DCR, but also provides funding to protect and enhance one of our most valued resources here in the First Essex District,\u201d said State Representative Jim Kelcourse (R-Amesbury).\n\nThe following projects were awarded DCR Partnerships Matching Funds for FY\u201918:\n\nApplicant: Bay State Trail Riders Association\n\nCommunity: Blackstone/Bellingham\n\nAmount Awarded: $20,000\n\nProposal Summary: For the construction of the SNETT between Route 126 and Center Street (1.25 miles of trailway).\n\n\u00a0\n\nApplicant: Blue Hills Observatory and Science Center\n\nCommunity: Milton\n\nAmount Awarded: $10,000\n\nProposal Summary: To enhance the visitor experience through improved and updated interpretive displays and signage.\n\n\u00a0\n\nApplicant: Cambridge Plant and Garden Club\n\nCommunity: Cambridge\n\nAmount Awarded: $60,000\n\nProposal Summary: For Phase II, which includes the hiring of a landscape architect to develop plans, specifications, and provide a cost estimate for the rehabilitation of landscape, pathways, lighting, vegetation, turf, and repair/treatment of the brick and limestone walls in Lowell Memorial Park.\n\n\u00a0\n\nApplicant: Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association\n\nCommunity: Cambridge\n\nAmount Awarded: $46,666\n\nProposal Summary: To build an outlook (with railings) beside the new canoe/kayak launch at Magazine Beach Park (the outlook and boat launch are part of the larger CSS Phase II Plan that DCR will begin implementing in phases).\n\n\u00a0\n\nApplicant: Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association\n\nCommunity: Cambridge\n\nAmount Awarded: $32,400\n\nProposal Summary: To design and produce 6 interpretative signs for the park.\n\n\u00a0\n\nApplicant: City of Cambridge\n\nCommunity: Cambridge\n\nAmount Awarded: $100,000\n\nProposal Summary: To install lighting at the Lynch Family Skate Park.\n\n\u00a0\n\nApplicant: Clinton Conservation Commission\n\nCommunity: Clinton\n\nAmount Awarded: $5,200\n\nProposal Summary: For the treatment of the invasive aquatic plant Egeria densa (Brazilian elodea), which is growing in about 70% of Clamshell Pond in Clinton.\n\n\u00a0\n\nApplicant: Deerfield Trails\n\nCommunity: Charlemont\n\nAmount Awarded: $14,000\n\nProposal Summary: For the development of a new map/brochure to highlight the trail; the installation of signs at trailheads and intersections; and the purchase of materials for trail repairs as needed at Dubuque State Forest.\n\n\u00a0\n\nApplicant: Emerald Necklace Conservancy\n\nCommunity: Boston\n\nAmount Awarded: $50,000\n\nProposal Summary: For the removal of invasive plants that are growing in the area and replace them with plants that are site appropriate and native to the region.\n\n\u00a0\n\nApplicant: Friends of Leo J. Martin Skiing\n\nCommunity: Weston\n\nAmount Awarded: $50,000\n\nProposal Summary: For the design of a new pumphouse.\n\n\u00a0\n\nApplicant: Friends of Lynn Nahant\n\nCommunity: Lynn/Nahant\n\nAmount Awarded: $16,655\n\nProposal Summary: For the refabricate and installation of interpretive signs.\n\n\u00a0\n\nApplicant: Friends of Myles Standish\n\nCommunity: Carver\n\nAmount Awarded: $4,000\n\nProposal Summary: For the replacement of deck boards located on the north end of the trail around the East Head Reservoir in Myles Standish State Forest.\n\n\u00a0\n\nApplicant: Friends of Paragon Carousel\n\nCommunity: Hull\n\nAmount Awarded: $36,668\n\nProposal Summary: To make the first floor public bathrooms ADA compliant.\n\n\u00a0\n\nApplicant: Friends of Scusset Beach\n\nCommunity: Sandwich\n\nAmount Awarded: $10,000\n\nProposal Summary: For the installation of site amenities for the playground and campground, materials for the maintenance of the ADA pathway through the camping area, and the installation of speed bumps.\n\n\u00a0\n\nApplicant: Lake Cochituate Watershed Council\n\nCommunity: Natick/Wayland/Framingham\n\nAmount Awarded: $6,000\n\nProposal Summary: To continue invasive plant treatment, including a mid-summer survey, hand-pulling of EWM, the use of benthic matting where appropriate, and the removal of water chestnuts.\n\n\u00a0\n\nApplicant: Maudslay State Park Association\n\nCommunity: Newburyport\n\nAmount Awarded: $10,000\n\nProposal Summary: For the final phase of a multi-year project to remove invasive species at Flowering Pond.\n\n\u00a0\n\nApplicant: Moseley Family Foundation\n\nCommunity: Newburyport\n\nAmount Awarded: $50,000\n\nProposal Summary: For Phase I of II to restore the dam at Flowering Pond.\n\n\u00a0\n\nApplicant: Mystic River Watershed Association\n\nCommunity: Medford/Somerville\n\nAmount Awarded: $30,000\n\nProposal Summary: For the implementation of mechanical harvesting and treatment of invasive species along large areas of the river in Medford and Somerville.\n\n\u00a0\n\nApplicant: Natick Conservation Commission\n\nCommunity: Natick/Wayland/Framingham\n\nAmount Awarded: $16,000\n\nProposal Summary: To conduct micro-watershed mapping, characterization and ranking of necessary micro-watershed improvement areas, and retrofit proposals and cost estimates for outfalls to Lake Cochituate.\n\n\u00a0\n\nApplicant: Quincy Homestead\n\nCommunity: Quincy\n\nAmount Awarded: $50,000\n\nProposal Summary: To repair damage to the Quincy Homestead, which is on the National Register of Historic Places.\n\n\u00a0\n\nApplicant: Quinsigamond Rowing Association\n\nCommunity: Shrewsbury/Worcester\n\nAmount Awarded: $50,000\n\nProposal Summary: For the design of Lake Quinsigamond Finish Tower - Rowing\n\n\u00a0\n\nApplicant: Revere Beach Partnership\n\nCommunity: Revere\n\nAmount Awarded: $25,001\n\nProposal Summary: To explore the possibility of electricity and speakers along Revere Beach through a feasibility study.\n\n\u00a0\n\nApplicant: Revere Beautification Committee\n\nCommunity: Revere\n\nAmount Awarded: $2,067\n\nProposal Summary: For the purchase of a trailer for the power washer at Revere Beach (the trailer will enable the staff to easily move equipment for cleaning purposes).\n\n\u00a0\n\nApplicant: Rock Pond Association\n\nCommunity: Georgetown\n\nAmount Awarded: $14,667\n\nProposal Summary: For the removal of Eurasian water milfoil from Rock Pond.\n\n\u00a0\n\nApplicant: Town of Dedham\n\nCommunity: Dedham\n\nAmount Awarded: $62,500\n\nProposal Summary: For the design and potential construction of a 50 foot long pedestrian bridge in Cutler Park.\n\n\u00a0\n\nApplicant: Town of Wayland\n\nCommunity: Natick/Wayland/Framingham\n\nAmount Awarded: $60,000\n\nProposal Summary: For engineering consulting for future grant opportunities to combat invasive species.\n\n\u00a0\n\nApplicant: Town of Wayland\n\nCommunity: Wayland\n\nAmount Awarded: $30,000\n\nProposal Summary: To be used for the Mass Central Rail Trail \u2013 Wayside Bridge.\n\n\u00a0\n\nApplicant: Wachusett Greenways\n\nCommunity: West Boylston\n\nAmount Awarded: $50,000\n\nProposal Summary: For the connection of the Mass Central Rail Trail (MCRT) at the eastern end of the Route 140/Beaman Street, West Boylston causeway.