From Mayor Finch:
Newfield Park upgrades to include barbecue shelter and splash pad
Newfield Park in the City’s East End will get a facelift with the addition of a barbecue shelter and a splash pad-children’s play area, funded by the City’s Bridgeport@Work capital improvements plan.
“Newfield Park is the center of recreational activity for the entire East End community, and their friends and relatives. The barbecue shelter will give visitors a place to seek shelter from sun or rain, and the splash pad-children’s play area will give kids a place to cool off on hot summer days,” said Mayor Bill Finch.
“The members of the East End NRZ worked together with the City to come up with the additions to this heavily used park,” said Lillian Wade, president of the East End NRZ. “We want to thank the Mayor for helping us get this accomplished for our neighborhood.”
“These projects will be a great addition to Newfield Park,” said Councilman James Holloway, D-139. “As the representative for this district, I know how important this park is to the well-being of the neighborhood.”
“Newfield Park is the heartbeat of the East End neighborhood, and is used almost daily, whether people are playing horseshoes, baseball, basketball or walking on the track,” said Ted Meekins, president of the East End Community Council. “With the addition of the barbecue shelter and the splash pad, it will make the park an even more welcoming place for everyone. We want to thank Mayor Finch and Public Works Director Charles Carroll for their assistance and hard work in helping make this happen for our neighborhood.”
Construction on the barbecue shelter is expected to begin this fall and will cost $57,500. It will be installed next to the horseshoe pits and adjacent to the playground. The splash pad construction is slated for Spring 2012, and is estimated to cost approximately $150,000.
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