SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – A park in Springfield’s East Forest Park neighborhood will be dedicated in memory of Gunnery Sgt. Thomas Sullivan. His family was joined today by city and state officials to announce that South Branch Park will be dedicated to the late U.S. Marine.
Sullivan was killed in a homegrown terror attack in Tennessee this past July. Gunnery Sgt. Sullivan’s brother, Joe, said the park dedication means so much because he spent so much time in that neighborhood with his brother while they were growing up.
“As usual we’re overwhelmed with emotion, especially by the turnout this is,” Joe told 22News. “We’re bonded to this neighborhood forever. This is a huge honor and this is a perfect spot for us.”
The city recently secured a $400,000 grant to renovate the park. Improvements will include planting trees, an path accessible to the water’s edge for kayaking, a new pavilion, ADA-compliant walking paths, benches and picnic tables.