Mayor James J. Fiorentini > Press Release
For Immediate Release,
Mayor James J. Fiorentini, Congressman Martin Meehan, State Senator Steven Baddour and State Representative Brian Dempsey today announced that the City of
This grant, which is to be used for planning, allows the City to design a series of boardwalks, trails, walkways and other means of connecting its citizens to the
In announcing the grant, Mayor Fiorentini called it “part of our continuing effort to reconnect our citizens to the water front.”
The grant will allow the nationally recognized firm of Goody Clancy to come to
Mayor Fiorentini said it his hope that ultimately these grants will lead to a series of boardwalks and bike trails along the
“Our overall goal is to reconnect people to the water through a series of boardwalks and trails along both sides of the river. We are a long way from achieving that, but this is a step in that direction. This new grant is a perfect match for our 40R design standards and our application for a river front boardwalk. ”
Congressman Martin Meehan, who wrote a letter in support of the grant said:
State representative Brian Dempsey, who also supported the grant said:
"The Urban River Visions grant is an important aspect of the continued
In making the announcement Mayor Fiorentini praised a number of people and groups who assisted in obtaining the grant.
The grant application was filled out by Emily McCourt, the new Economic Development Specialist for the City who has also become, unofficially, the City’s grant writer.
Fiorentini also praised local residents Larry Olasky and John Maddox worked with the city to provide information about the grant and to assist the city with the grant application.
The Mayor also thanked elected officials including Congressman Martin Meehan, State Senator Steven Baddour, and State Representatives Brian Dempsey, Harriett Stanley and Barbara L’Italien all of whom wrote letters in support of the grant application. “This was a team effort” said Fiorentini, and we thank all the members of the team who participated.
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