SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Pynchon Plaza in downtown Springfield has been in disrepair for decades.
The concrete courtyard off Dwight Street was built in 1976 during the Bicentennial. The plaza was supposed to connect downtown to the Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle, between Dwight and Chestnut Streets. But the sculpture in the middle of the park has been vandalized over the years and pieces of it stolen, and the fountain hasn’t been working for the majority of the time the park has been there.
While the lower level of the plaza has been open for the last six years, the rest is still blocked off, with the elevator out of service.
Springfield Parks Director Patrick Sullivan said it will cost about $100,000 to repair the fountain.
“We’re working on the funding now. We should have a master plan done for the park by October of this year, and we’re going to be doing some neighborhood meetings in the fall to get neighborhood input,” Sullivan said.
Residents have complained about loiterers and drug users in the plaza littering. Sullivan said the park is patrolled on a weekly basis in an effort to keep it clean.
Monday, Sullivan was interviewing designers for a potential $2 million project for Riverfront Park. That project will start next spring.