Federal conservation funds awarded to three western Mass. communities

$2-million awarded to 11 park improvement projects across the commonwealth.

BOSTON (WWLP) – Northampton, Springfield and West Springfield are recipients of federal grant awards funded through the National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Grant Program.

The Governor’s office said more than $2-million in federal grants will be given to 11 park improvement projects across the state. The grants are administered by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA) for the National Park Service for Massachusetts.

Massachusetts maintains eligibility for the program by completing a Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan every five years.  The projects selected for funding must implement the findings of the plan.  All applicants must have an up-to-date Open Space and Recreation Plan to be eligible for funding.

Northampton has been awarded $90,000 for the Connecticut River Greenway.  The project will include a fully accessible boarding pier ramp to provide full access to the water and boats, the completion of paving to allow the site to be ready to serve as a public facility, and the addition of sidewalks, ramp and dock.

Springfield will receive $250,000 for site improvements at Jaime Ulloa Park in the city’s North End neighborhood.  The project will include installing lighting, picnic and game tables, and playground and landscape improvements.

West Springfield’s $185,968 award will be used for the Bagg Brook Heritage Landscape Project.  The project will construct a ¾-mile long interpretive trail and incorporate storm water mitigation measure and Low Impact Development techniques in the site.

Learn more about the National Park Service’s land and Water Conservation Fund Grant Program.