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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Awards Over $1.2 Million For State Park Enhancement Projects

DCR’s 2022 Partnerships Matching Funds Program Awards 29 Organizations Dedicated to Park Improvements Across Massachusetts
For immediate release:
3/21/2022
  • Department of Conservation & Recreation

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards Over $1.2 Million For State Park Enhancement Projects

Carolyn Assa, Communications Director

BOSTON — Continuing efforts to enhance the Commonwealth’s State Parks System, the Baker-Polito Administration today announced $1.24 million in funding has been awarded to 29 projects through the Department of Conservation and Recreation’s (DCR) Partnerships Matching Funds Program. This year’s awards, which include 13 new projects, were proposed by municipalities, non-profit organizations, and other entities to partner with the agency through the matching funds program to coordinate improvement projects for many of the Commonwealth’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources contained throughout the state parks system.

“The DCR Partnership Matching Funds Program allows us to work with dedicated stakeholders, such as municipalities, nonprofits, and other community-based organizations to make significant investments within the Massachusetts State Parks System,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “Importantly, this funding will be used to improve ecological health, as well enhance and expand public use and enjoyment for years to come.” 

Proposed projects within the state parks system are thoroughly reviewed by the DCR. Following the review, the department matches private investments of the selected projects dollar-for-dollar for proposals above $25,000, and two-to-one for proposals $25,000 and under. In certain circumstances, DCR will consider a two-to-one match for contributions above $25,000. All projects are managed by DCR to oversee their implementation with considerable consultation from contributing partners and other stakeholders.

“The Department of Conservation and Recreation is proud to work with so many passionate stakeholders through the Partnership Matching Funds Program,” said DCR Acting Commissioner Stephanie Cooper. “The funding provided to this year’s deserving projects will make great improvements to agency assets and will enhance the visitor experience.”

Funding for the 2022 DCR Partnership Matching Funds Program has been awarded to the following projects, including 13 new projects and 16 previously funding, multi-year projects:

NEW Applicant: Esplanade Association 

Community: The City of Boston 

Amount Awarded: $33,333  

Proposal Summary: Funding will support continued improvements to the first playground built on the Charles River Esplanade, including new music themed play panels, musical instruments and play equipment.  

  

NEW Applicant: Neponset River Greenway Council  

Community: The City of Boston  

Amount Awarded: $2,774  

Proposal Summary: Funding will support repairs and painting of structures, and new plexiglass covers for kiosks so that the council can take responsibility for the content posted.  

  

NEW Applicant: Friends of Lawrence Heritage State Park  

Community: Lawrence  

Amount Awarded: $2,666  

Proposal Summary: Funding will support the replacement of carpeting in the Thelma Todd Theater at Lawrence Heritage State Park.  

  

NEW Applicant: Friends of Borderland State Park  

Community: North Easton 

Amount Awarded: $2,333  

Proposal Summary: Funding will support the cleaning and repair of historical and original Ames family oriental rug in the dining room of the Ames Mansion at Borderland State Park.  

  

NEW Applicant: Friends of Borderland State Park  

Community: North Easton  

Amount Awarded: $10,000  

Proposal Summary: Funding will support improvements to the landscaping at the entry to the Ames Mansion at Borderland State Park.  

  

NEW Applicant: Friends of Maudslay  

Community: Newburyport  

Amount Awarded: $50,000  

Proposal Summary: Funding will support repairs to the exterior walls and entry area of the Italian Garden at Maudslay State Park.  

  

NEW Applicant: YMCA of Greater Boston  

Community: Milton  

Amount Awarded: $50,000  

Proposal Summary: Funding will support the replacement of the roof of the main lodge at the YMCA of Greater Boston’s Camp Ponkapoag site.  

  

NEW Applicant: Factory Hill Civic Association  

Community: The City of Boston  

Amount Awarded: $100,000  

Proposal Summary: Funding will support the restoration of Factory Hill Park to address accessibility, landscape and view shed, erosion issues, and the installation of new benches.  

 

NEW Applicant: West Fairmount Hill Citizens Group  

Community: Boston 

Amount Awarded: $140,000  

Proposal Summary: Funding will support improvements to the playground at Moynihan Park including adding more play equipment and expanding the play area, as well as addressing circulation and landscaping issues to improve accessibility and access to the spray deck.  

  

NEW Applicant: Connecticut River Conservancy  

Community: Northampton 

Amount Awarded: $20,370  

Proposal Summary: Funding will support a multi-year program to eradicate invasive water chestnuts in the river along the Connecticut River Greenway in Northampton.  

  

NEW Applicant: Friends of the Fells  

Community: Malden 

Amount Awarded: $16,666  

Proposal Summary: Funding will support a multi-year program to create an invasive management plan in a number of areas in the Middlesex Fells Reservation.  

  

NEW Applicant: Asnacomet Pond Association  

Community: Hubbardston  

Amount Awarded: $3,000  

Proposal Summary: Funding will support a multi-year project to treat invasive milfoil at Asnacomet (Comet) Pond within the Ware River watershed.  

  

NEW Applicant: Charles River Watershed Association  

Community: Boston 

Amount Awarded: $33,333  

Proposal Summary: Funding will help control the growth of submersed non-native and invasive aquatic plant species within the Charles River Reservation to address the rate at which aquatic plants have overtaken areas of the river and creating boating access concerns.  

  

Applicant: Friends of City Square Park 

Community: Charlestown 

Amount Awarded: $20,000 

Proposal Summary: Funding will allow for repairs and improvements to the park. 

  

Applicant: Colin's Joy Project 

Community: South Boston 

Amount Awarded: $300,000 

Proposal Summary: Funding will go towards reimagining and redesigning Joyce Playground at Marine Park. 

  

Applicant: Save the Cove 

Community: Newton 

Amount Awarded: $10,000 

Proposal Summary: Ongoing treatment to eradicate invasive species in Ware’s Cove  

  

Applicant: Friends of Hood Pond 

Community: Ipswich 

Amount Awarded: $7,325  

Proposal Summary: Funding will be used to treat variable milfoil, Chinese water chestnut, fanwort, and phragmite in Hood Pond. 

  

Applicant: Town of Pepperell 

Community: Pepperell 

Amount Awarded: $23,280  

Proposal Summary: Funding is for a five-year plan to treat invasive species in the Nashua River. 

  

Applicant: Concerned Citizens of Thompson Pond 

Community: Spencer 

Amount Awarded: $16,000 

Proposal Summary: Funding will go towards the treatment of variable milfoil and bladderwort. 

  

Applicant: Charles River Conservancy  

Community: Cambridge  

Amount Awarded: $23,250   

Proposal Summary: Funding will be used for herbicide treatments and manual removal of invasive species in Hell's Half Acre along the Charles River. 

  

Applicant: Parkland Management Advisory Committee (PMAC) 

Community: Jamaica Plain 

Amount Awarded: $33,333 

Proposal Summary: Funding is slated for design and a project plan for improving the infrastructure of the 11 community gardens on the Southwest Corridor Park.  

  

Applicant: Charlesgate Alliance 

Community: Boston 

Amount Awarded: $102,350 

Proposal Summary: Funding is for an Engineering Study of two large, curved stone walls at each end of Charlesgate Park, in order to have them removed.  

  

Applicant: Neponset River Watershed Association 

Community: Milton 

Amount Awarded: $20,000 

Proposal Summary: Funding is for removal of former Canton Avenue Dam to restore fish passage in Pine Tree Brook. 

  

Applicant: Volunteers Incorporating Black Excellence (VIBE) 

Community: Quincy 

Amount Awarded: $4,000 

Proposal Summary: Funding is for the installation of murals on 8 electrical boxes at Wollaston Beach on Quincy Shore Drive.  

  

Applicant: New Brook Farm 

Community: West Roxbury 

Amount Awarded: $20,000 

Proposal Summary: Funding will go towards an archeological study consolidating fieldwork previously done on the site—supported by topographic survey, mapping, and sensitivity analysis. 

  

Applicant: Magazine Beach Partners 

Community: Cambridge 

Amount Awarded: $33,200  

Proposal Summary: Funding for design and production of 6 interpretative signs for the park. 

  

Applicant: Friends of Great Falls Discovery Center 

Community: Turner Falls 

Amount Awarded: $16,000  

Proposal Summary: Funding will go towards repairs and enhancements for educational purposes to the Great Falls Discovery Center. 

  

Applicant: Friends of Halibut Point 

Community: Rockport 

Amount Awarded: $50,000  

Proposal Summary: Funding will be used for the design and installation of interpretative signage throughout the park. 

  

Applicant: Maudslay State Park Association 

Community: Newburyport 

Amount Awarded: $100,000   

Proposal Summary: Funding is for Flowering Dam restoration work. 

  

“I am grateful to DCR for its continued investment in communities to protect natural resources across the Commonwealth that are enjoyed by visitors from both near and far,” said State Senator Walter F. Timilty (D-Milton). “I am pleased that the Neponset River Greenway, the Ames Mansion, and Camp Ponkapoag have all been awarded matching funds to help carry out essential improvement projects.” 

“I am so grateful to DCR and the many neighbors and community groups in my District for their hard work to ensure that funding is available for these important projects,” said State Representative Robert Consalvo (D-Boston). “The planned improvements at Factory Hill Park and Moynihan Playground are critical investments in our neighborhood and I am proud to support them as the State Representative for the 14th Suffolk District.” 

“I am so excited to see the many improvements to the Neponset River Greenway from DCR’s projects, including the kiosk refurbishment made possible by the Partnership Matching Funds Program,” said State Representative Brandy Fluker Oakley (D-Boston). “Improving parks and green space like this is essential to making my community more active, healthier, and less polluted.” 

“Invasive water chestnuts are a threat to the very existence of our rivers and lakes. The Connecticut River Conservancy will be able to partner with DCR to expand the incredible work they do protecting our waterways from invasive species, and I am grateful to DCR for recognizing the value of that work,” said State Representative Lindsay Sabadosa (D-Northampton). “I would encourage anyone who hasn't yet volunteered to help pull water chestnuts to do so. Not only is it a rewarding experience, but it helps you truly understand what is at stake if water chestnuts were to go unchecked."  

“I appreciate the DCR’s Partnership Matching Funds Program awarding funds to support the work of the Friends of the Fells in their efforts to control invasive species in the Middlesex Fells Reservation,” said State Representative Michael Day (D-Stoneham). “The two-to-one match from the DCR of private funds raised by the Friends of the Fells will help to preserve this incredible natural resource for future generations of our residents.” 

For further information regarding DCR’s Partnerships Matching Funds Program, please visit the agency’s [Partnerships Matching Funds Program]webpage, where entities can receive upcoming application updates for Fiscal Year 2023. 

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards Over $1.2 Million For State Park Enhancement Projects

Department of Conservation & Recreation 

DCR manages state parks and oversees more than 450,000 acres throughout Massachusetts. It protects, promotes, and enhances the state’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources.
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