Funding approved for Pulaski Park redesign in Northampton

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A landmark Northampton park will be getting a face lift.

Hundreds of thousands of dollars in Community Preservation Act funding was just approved at last night’s City Council meeting. It will be used for the redesign of Pulaski Park.

Nestled between Northampton City Hall and the Academy of Music, is Pulaski Park.

Named after Revolutionary War General Casimir Pulaski, the park hasn’t been renovated in 40 years.

“It dates back to 1975 when the last reconstruction was done. The park is a little tired, I think the city has looked at the park as needing a renovation for quite a number of years now,” said Northampton City Engineer Jim Laurila.

Final renderings of what the park will look like are available to view on the second floor of the Northampton City Hall directly outside of the Mayor’s office.

Construction may be completed by this time next year. It’s a nearly $2.5 million dollar renovation project. When it’s completed, there will be a performance area, a playscape for kids and more green spaces. People told 22News they hope it’ll contribute to the vibrancy of the downtown.

“I think it’s great. Hopefully it’ll bring around a lot of local talent and music. This is an old park it’s been here for years. Arrowsmith played here in 1973. Lets keep it going,” said Northampton resident David Ruddeforth.

Right now, Pulaski Park is little more than a few areas of grass, benches, bike racks and a children’s playscape, and a popular spot for the area’s homeless.

“It would be nice to see this place nicer than it already is. It’s kid of a city feel, but you are still in a suburban rural area. I think it’s a nice place for people to come,” said Jamie Roy of Westfield.

$400,000 of the project will be funded through a state PARC grant.

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