SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Some Springfield police officers spent the day mingling with families who live in the city’s Old Hill neighborhood. 22News found out its part of cementing relations with the men and women in blue.
This was Community Family Day at Hennessey Park in the heart of the Mason Square neighborhood. The police presence was to get to know the folks who live here and in turn get to be known by people who live in this part of the city. Organizers had a specific goal in mind for this event.
“What we want to do here today is create a dialogu8e between the community and law enforcement. This is a community that can be brought back and we believe in the community live here,” said Venorise McCoy of Springfield.
“No drama in the park, the families can enjoy, the kids come out here and enjoy, you feel safe,” said Derrick Dooman of Springfield.
Hennessey Park is named in honor of James Hennessey, a community activist from an earlier generation. His grand daughter Tonja Hennessey told 22News, her grandfather would have appreciated the goals of these community family day activities.
“He wanted the basketball courts for the kids, he wanted everybody to come out and be happy, peaceful and the kids have a place to hang out and not be bothered by the other things in our society,” said Hennessey.
Throughout the day the people of all ages living in the Old Hill neighborhood shared the time with the city and county public agencies in a relaxed atmosphere.