GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – MassDevelopment announced a new campaign on Tuesday to help get a park built in Orange. They will be supporting the town of Orange and their crowdfunding efforts to get the park built. This means the town will have to raise enough money in order to receive the matching funds from MassDevelopment.
The project would turn a section of land between two buildings into a small park, also called a “pocket park.” This park would be placed about 300 yards from the center of the downtown. It would feature new benches, raised vegetable gardens, a mural, and a walkway that would connect to a local food co-op.
“We have some beautiful, big parks which are outside of our downtown,” Kevin Kennedy, the director of community planning and development for Orange, exlpained, “but it’s these little pocket parks which really create a soul for the downtown. This type of project is really going to affect how our downtown looks and feels.”
Kennedy told 22News that they are about 40 percent of the way to their funding goal of $9,500. If that amount is not reached by August 7th at midnight. Orange will not be able to go through with the project.