Senate Passes Lesser Amendment to Greenlight Installation of Lighting and Playground at Greenleaf Park

BOSTON — The Massachusetts State Senate voted on Thursday to authorize $240,000 in bonds to the City of Springfield for the installation of new lighting and playground facilities at Greenleaf Park. The measure was proposed by Sen. Eric P. Lesser after discussion with city officials about the community’s needs in environmental and recreational investments. The funding request was added to a Senate bond bill promoting climate change adaptation, environmental and natural resource protection, and investment in recreational assets

“This bill serves as an opportunity to bring attention to local priorities at the State House. The Sixteen Acres neighborhood is long overdue for updated playground facilities, and these improvements, along with new lights, will keep it a safe and enjoyable place for our community. This is a worthy project that will improve the quality of life for our residents, and I hope Governor Baker releases the funds to make it happen,” said Sen. Lesser.

The bill authorizes spending on certain types of infrastructure projects, including support for environmental programs at the Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and other agencies ranging from air and water quality monitoring to hazardous waste cleanup and the restoration of rivers, wetlands, streams and lakes.

The bill will now be reconciled with a version passed by the State House of Representatives, and the Governor must ultimately decide whether to release the funds from the appropriate executive offices to finance the projects.