$500K in grant money will improve Springfield’s Jaime Ulloa Park

The announcement was held at 11:30 a.m.

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Three parks in western Massachusetts were recipients of federal grant awards funded through the National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) Grant Program.

Northampton, Springfield, and West Springfield were awarded the grants.

The Governor’s office said more than $2-million in federal grants will be given to 11 park improvement projects across the state.

Jaime Ulloa Park was given a $250,000 grant from the Land and Water Conservation Fund, $100,000 from a Community Development Block Grant, and $140,000 from the City of Springfield.

The plan for redevelopment of the park has been created with improvements such as a redesigned park entrance, upgrades to playground and splash pad elements, resurfacing of basketball courts, field irrigation, improvements to park walkways, lighting, and landscaping.

The fencing and retaining wall will be removed and the park will have improved access and site lines.

Through the assistance of the LWCF grant, phase one will entail the removal of the retaining wall and excess fencing, upgrades to the playground, picnic, gaming areas, and overall access to the site from Morgan Street.

The grant announcement for Jaime Ulloa Park was on Tuesday at 11:30 a.m.

Mayor Domenic Sarno, along with Congressman Richard Neal, Patrick Sullivan, Executive Director of Parks, Building and Recreation Management, and the Springfield Park Commission were at the park for the grant announcement.