Matching fund program enhances Cambridge parks

July 8, 2012 by  

Cambridge will be given a portion of the recent $1 million in matching grants awarded to public parks and state facilities by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Department Commissioner Edward M. Lambert Jr. awarded $50,000 in matching funds for the rehabilitation of the Powder House, an initiative of the Cambridgeport Neighborhood Association. With an additional $25,000 from a partner, Charles River Reservation, the funds will be put towards writing a report on the historic structure and how future renovations and repairs going forward should be undertaken to properly preserve and maintain the integrity of the property.

In addition, a total of $45,000 in matching funds from partners and from the state were granted to the City of Cambridge to either replace or modify park benches situated along the Charles River.

Governor Deval L. Patrick said:

“Partnerships are vital to the future of our parks and beaches. These projects ensure that we are working together to build a better commonwealth for the next generation.”

The monies provided for the Cambridge projects, as well as others throughout Massachusetts, come out of the funding made possible by the Conservation and Recreation Department’s 2012 Partnerships Matching Funds Program. Advocacy, civic groups, individuals, and even local businesses highly involved in community affairs, such as print companies, may submit applications for projects in public areas, municipal, and state parks.

Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Rick Sullivan welcomed the grants, saying:

“Investing in our public spaces makes our communities better places to live, work and play and we’re grateful to the work of community groups across the state for partnering with us on these important projects.”