Senate Passes Lesser Amendment to Greenlight Repairs to Bleachers at Ludlow's Whitney Park

BOSTON — The Massachusetts State Senate voted on Thursday to authorize $150,000 in bonds to Ludlow for the repair and replacement of bleachers at Whitney Park. The measure was proposed by Sen. Eric P. Lesser after discussion with town 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, and to say, ‘We need the state’s help on this.’ Whitney Park is the centerpiece of Ludlow’s proud tradition of sports and recreation, and these improvements will keep it a safe and enjoyable gathering 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.

Sen. Lesser had previously gotten funding for the bleachers repair into the fiscal 2017 budget, but the funds were cut by the Governor.