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Press Release Baker-Polito Administration Awards Over $960,000 to Support Local State Park Improvement Projects

The DCR 2021 Partnership Matching Funds program, provides vital matching funds for projects that improve or enhance the Commonwealth’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources.
For immediate release:
3/23/2021
  • Department of Conservation & Recreation

Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards Over $960,000 to Support Local State Park Improvement Projects

Olivia Dorrance, Press Secretary

BOSTONThe Baker-Polito Administration today announced $960,305 in funding to 34 projects proposed by municipalities, non-profit organizations, and other entities as part of the 2021 Partnerships Matching Funds Program. The program, administered by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR), provides vital matching funds for projects that improve or enhance the Commonwealth’s natural, cultural, and recreational resources.

“By partnering with the private sector, we can leverage state funds with private dollars to invest in a first-class state parks system in Massachusetts for generations to come,” said Governor Charlie Baker.The funding provided to these projects through the Partnerships Matching Funds Program will enhance the natural beauty, ecological health, and outdoor recreational opportunities of state parks throughout the Commonwealth.”

“Through close partnerships with park advocacy groups, non-profit organizations, individuals, and municipal leaders, our Administration is able to make significant investments in our parks system,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “We are proud to continue these partnerships with awards to great projects that will strengthen community connections, build stronger economies, and address the needs of our local parks, communities, and regions.”

Proposed projects within the state parks system are thoroughly reviewed by agency staff and the DCR Commissioner. The agency then matches the private investment, once projects are selected. All projects are managed by DCR to oversee the implementation of the project with considerable consultation from contributing partners and other stakeholders.

“We are fortunate to work with dedicated organizations that submitted applications seeking to partner with the Commonwealth to enhance the state parks system and open space,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Kathleen Theoharides. “Treating aquatic invasive species, purchasing new park equipment, refurbishing memorials, and restoring trout habitat are just a few of the many projects that will improve the health of our parks and enhance the visitor experience across our system.”

“The Department of Conservation and Recreation is frequently reminded of the tremendous support it receives from environmental and recreational organizations, park advocacy groups, and community supporters that helps the state parks system thrive,” said DCR Commissioner Jim Montgomery. “The Partnership Matching Funds Program improves DCR assets by providing critical funds to thoughtful projects that will truly benefit the public for years to come.”

DCR matches partner contributions of up to and including $25,000 at 2:1, and 1:1 for contributions above $25,000. In meticulously reviewed 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’s Conservation Trust.

“I am thrilled to hear a New Brook Farm in my district has been named a recipient of the 2021 Partnerships Matching Funds Program,” said State Senator Mike Rush (D-West Roxbury). "These funds provided will allow New Brook Farm to continue to bring agriculture, education and environmental awareness to Historic Brook Farm in the City of Boston."

“Congratulations to the Neponset River Watershed Association on its successful application to the 2021 Partnerships Matching Funds Program. This funding is great news. The NRWA has been working for several years trying to remove obsolete dams along the many tributaries of the Neponset River. By removing the Canton Avenue dam in Milton, the passage of fish and the expansion of habitat for the native brook trout can finally take place. Additionally, the funding for this project will help with the overall health of the river, the fish, and the wildlife. I applaud the NRWA for its hard work and for making our local environment cleaner and safer,” said State Senator Walter F. Timilty (D-Milton). 

“I'm grateful to DCR for its continued investment in our shared natural resources and thrilled that this grant will support the Friends of the Mt. Holyoke Range in their commitment to care for and improve the beloved park's trails and facilities,” said State Senator Joanne Comerford (D-Northampton).

“Both the Southwest Corridor and Charlesgate Parks are hidden gems within our city. It is our responsibility to bring as many resources as possible to protect, preserve, and expand our valuable green spaces. I am grateful to Governor Baker and the Department of Conservation and Recreation for working with our neighbors in the Fenway and South End to continue improving our state park land,” said State Representative Jon Santiago (D-Boston).

“This grant will benefit local residents and visitors alike.  After a year of pandemic living, people are turning more and more to safe outdoor activities such as visiting our beautiful Mount Holyoke Range.  Our community is lucky to have such a dedicated group of people in the Friends of the Mt. Holyoke Range.  I am proud that the state has partnered with the Friends to acquire this new equipment and continue to improve our local trails,” said State Representative Daniel Carey (D-Easthampton).

“Through the Partnership Matching Funds Program, Volunteers Incorporating Black Excellence has been awarded a grant for the painting of murals on utility boxes in Wollaston Beach, Quincy,” said State Representative Tackey Chan (D-Quincy). “This exciting project will enrich the Wollaston Beach visiting experience for the public and spotlight the work of our talented local artists.”

“I’m pleased to see the Neponset River Watershed Association (NepRWA) awarded matching funds to help carry out this important project,” said State Representative Bill Driscoll Jr. (D-Milton). “I admire and support NepRWA’s commitment to conservation by identifying and removing obsolete dams in effort to improve the health of the Neponset River and preserving the wildlife that depends on it for future generations, especially the rare and special population of brook trout.”

“Working with DCR through Partnership Matching Funds, and the generous support of Boston Community Preservation Act (CPA), the Kearsarge Memorial, a monument honoring Navy Veterans and the historic USS Kearsarge, will be refurbished for the first time since its dedication in 1930,” said Commander David Falvey of the South Boston Allied War Veterans Council.

“The Neponset River and its tributaries are home to almost 100 small dams, mostly remnants of water powered mills,” said Ian Cooke, Executive Director of the Neponset River Watershed Association. “The Partnership Matching Funds program provides an opportunity to work with DCR to remove dams that have a particular impact on stream ecology. Removal of the Canton Avenue Dam in Milton will restore fish passage in much of Pine Tree Brook and expand habitat for a rare population of iconic native brook trout. An amazing resource preserved by DCR within a stone's throw of the City of Boston.”

“We are grateful, once again, to be partnering with DCR on this important and innovative program on behalf of the Boston Harbor Islands,” said Kathy Abbott, President and CEO of Boston Harbor Now. “The financial assistance that DCR is providing for all of these projects gives great voice to the friends groups and advocates who care deeply for their parks by helping to maximize the value of their own contributions.”

"I want to thank our partners in the Baker Administration, at DCR, and in the parks advocacy and non-profit community for their continued commitment to the improvement of our shared greenspaces, playgrounds, and memorials," said State Senator Nick Collins. "These funds for South Boston will enhance our community spaces in Marine Park for generations to come.”

Projects supported by the Fiscal Year 2021 Partnership Matching Funds Program include:

  • The treatment of aquatic invasive species in various DCR-managed waterbodies;
  • The acquisition of new park equipment for Mount Holyoke Range in the Town of South Hadley;
  • The restoration of fish passage and habitat for native trout within Pine Tree Brook in the Town of Canton; 
  • A design and project plan to improve community gardens within the Southwest Corridor Park in the City of Boston;
  • The painting of murals on utility boxes on Wollaston Beach in the City of Quincy; and,
  • The refurbishment of the historic Kearsarge Memorial at Marine Park in South Boston

The following projects were awarded DCR Partnerships Matching Funds:

Applicant:                  Colin's Joy Project

Community:              The City of Boston

Amount Awarded:    $150,000

Proposal Summary:  Funding will support a redesign of the playground at Marine Park to bring the community together and provide a multigenerational space for the community to gather and experience joy, while also serving as a living tribute to Colin McGrath.

 

Applicant:                  South Boston Allied War Veterans Council

Community:               The City of Boston

Amount Awarded:    $75,000

Proposal Summary:  Funding will support the refurbishment of Kearsarge Memorial, a memorial dedicated to Naval Veterans of the Civil War, the Spanish War and WWI.

 

Applicant:                  Southwest Corridor Park Management Advisory Committee

Community:              The City of Boston

Amount Awarded:    $33,333

Proposal Summary:  Funding will support the development of the design and project plan for replacing the infrastructure of twelve community gardens within the Southwest Corridor Park.

 

Applicant:                  Charlesgate Alliance

Community:               The City of Boston

Amount Awarded:    $104,350

Proposal Summary:  Funding will support a study of two curved stone walls within Charlesgate Park, in order to plan for their demolition.

 

Applicant:                  Boston Harbor Now

Community:               The City of Boston

Amount Awarded:    $50,000

Proposal Summary:  Funding will support the construction of a permanent pavilion shelter in the North Picnic Area for various park use. 

Applicant:                  Esplanade Association

Community:              The City of Boston

Amount Awarded:    $25,000

Proposal Summary:  Funding will support the identification of three to four areas of the Esplanade to continue tree management via tree removals (diseased or dead/dying trees), pruning, and airspading.

 

Applicant:                 Volunteers Incorporating Black Excellence

Community:              The City of Quincy

Amount Awarded:    $4,000

Proposal Summary:  Funding will support the paining of murals on electrical boxes in partnership with local artists to the beautification of the Wollaston Beach area.

 

Applicant:                  New Brook Farm

Community:              The City of Boston

Amount Awarded:    $40,000

Proposal Summary:  Funding will support a topographic survey and archaeological study of the Brook Farm Historic Site in West Roxbury.

 

Applicant:                  Neponset River Watershed Association

Community:              The Town of Milton

Amount Awarded:    $13,000

Proposal Summary:  Funding will support the development of a plan for removal of Canton Avenue dam, in order to restore fish passage in Pine Tree Brook and expand habitat for native brook trout. 
 

Applicant:                  Friends of the Mt. Holyoke Range

Community:               The Town of South Hadley

Amount Awarded:    $6,000

Proposal Summary:  Funding will support the purchase of park equipment to satisfy the goals of the park’s Resource Management Plan and improve trails and facilities.

 

Applicant:                  Mystic River Watershed Association

Community:               The City of Somerville

Amount Awarded:    $10,000

Proposal Summary:  Funding will be utilized to expand the Scope of Work of invasive management in the Mystic River basin to treat aquatic invasive plants at the public boat access sites and marinas along the public land.

 

Applicant:                  Lee N Blatt

Community:              The Town of Becket

Amount Awarded:    $26,666

Proposal Summary:  Funding will support the creation of an invasive management plan for Buckley Dunton Reservoir.

 
Applicant:                  Lake Cochituate Watershed Council (LCWC)

Community:              The Town of Natick

Amount Awarded:    $5,000

Proposal Summary:  Funding will support the continuation of Lake Cochituate aquatic invasive plant management, year two of three.
             

Applicant:                  Charles River Reservation

Community:              The City of Newton

Amount Awarded:    $10,000

Proposal Summary:  Funding will support the continuation of Ware’s Cove aquatic invasive plant management, year four of five.

Applicant:                  Concerned Citizens of Thompson's Pond

Community:              The Town of Spencer

Amount Awarded:    $16,000

Proposal Summary:  Funding will support the continuation of Thompson Pond aquatic invasive plant management, final year.
             

Applicant:                  Friends of Hood Pond

Community:              The Town of Ipswich

Amount Awarded:    $12,041

Proposal Summary:  Funding will support the continuation of Hood Pond aquatic invasive plant management, year three of five.

Applicant:                  Rock Pond Association

Community:              The Town of Georgetown

Amount Awarded:    $9,484

Proposal Summary:  Funding will support the continuation of Rock Pond aquatic invasive plant management, final year.

 

Applicant:                 Town of Pepperell

Community:             The Town of Pepperell

Amount Awarded:   $33,984

Proposal Summary: Funding will support the continuation of Nashua River aquatic invasive plant management, year four of five.

 

Applicant:                Sullivan’s Castle Island

Community:            The City of Boston

Amount Awarded:  $50,000

Proposal Summary: Funding will support the purchase of park maintenance equipment. 

 

Applicant:                 Friends of Scusset Beach 

Community:             The Town of Sandwich

Amount Awarded:   $801

Proposal Summary: Funding will support the installation of bike racks within the campground area to provide visitors with appropriate space to store bicycles.            

 

Applicant:                Charles River Conservancy  

Community:             The City of Cambridge

Amount Awarded:   $49,000

Proposal Summary: Funding will support the management of invasive plants within the park’s Hell’s Half Acre in the Charles River Basin.


Applicant:                  Converse 

Community:              The City of Boston

Amount Awarded:    $50,000

Proposal Summary: Funding will be utilized to build a skate park on the site of a former street hockey rink on Southwest Corridor Park.

 

Applicant:                  Friends of Leo J. Martin Skiing

Community:               The Town of Weston

Amount Awarded:    $15,400

Proposal Summary:  Funding will support upgrades to the pumphouse and irrigation to improve the cross country skiing experience for visitors.

 

Applicant:                Magazine Beach Partners

Community:             The City of Cambridge

Amount Awarded:   $33,200

Proposal Summary:  Funding will support the installation of six new interpretive signs at Magazine Beach Park giving an overview of the park’s history including the 1818 Powder Magazine, river swimming, the Riverside Boat Club, the swales (their role and ecosystem), and the Charles River cleanup and evidence of a healthier river.

 

Applicant:                 Friends of Great Falls Discovery Center  

Community:             The Town of Turner Falls

Amount Awarded:   $16,000

Proposal Summary: Funding will support repairs and enhancements to the Great Falls Discovery Center.

 

Applicant:                  Friends of Halibut Point 

Community:              The Town of Rockport

Amount Awarded:    $50,000

Proposal Summary:  Funding will support the development and installation of seven new interpretive signs along the quarry path discussing quarry history, visitor center history, and information about the natural environment.

Applicant:               Maudslay State Park Association  

Community:            The City of Newburyport

Amount Awarded:  $12,628

Proposal Summary: Funding will support the repair of a park wall within the Maudslay State Park rose garden in an effort to improve the visitor experience.

Applicant:               Moynihan Family

Community:            The City of Boston

Amount Awarded:  $3,830

Proposal Summary: Funding will support the replacement of plaque commemorating WWII and Korean War veteran John T. Moynihan at Moynihan playground in Hyde Park. 

 

Applicant:               Friends of Wompatuck State Park

Community:            The Town of Hingham

Amount Awarded:  $6,400

Proposal Summary:  Funding will support the installation of new play equipment that includes a climbing structure at park headquarters and tether ball poles near the campground. 

 

Applicant:                Blue Hills Observatory

Community:             The Town of Canton

Amount Awarded:  $4,224

Proposal Summary:  Funding will support enhancements to the Blue Hills Visitor Center that include an interactive interpretive exhibit. 

 

Applicant:               City of Lynn 

Community:            The City of Lynn

Amount Awarded:  $16,666

Proposal Summary:  Funding will support the replacement of the gazebo structure along at Marshview Park on the Rumney Marsh.


Applicant:                Rail Trail Advisory Committee 

Community:             The Town of Weston

Amount Awarded:   $46,679

Proposal Summary: Funding will support improvements to the landscaping along the Mass Central Rail Trail within the Town of Weston section of the trail. 

 

Applicant:               Cambridge Plant & Garden Club

Community:            The City of Cambridge

Amount Awarded:  $6,170

Proposal Summary: Funding will support wall repairs at the historic Lowell Park in Cambridge.

 

Applicant:               Friends of Paragon Carousel

Community:            The Town of Hull

Amount Awarded:  $30,180

Proposal Summary: Funding will support the design for an accessible restroom at the Paragon Carousel in Hull.

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Media Contact for Baker-Polito Administration Awards Over $960,000 to Support Local State Park Improvement 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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