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Sunday, April 12, 2015

Mount Vernon Park: Lawrence MA

Spring is here and it's time to start posting about things we like to do outside. From gardening to visiting local parks to waterfalls, mountains and all things we love about New England. 

Although, I generally post about places and up coming events all year long on facebook, I'm choosing to post spring and summer here on my blog. Just for easy of access. Things tend to get lost on facebook.  

My inspiration for this comes from a friend, who last year packed her family up and hit the highway. Her goal was "waterfalls." I think she wanted to find every waterfall from Massachusetts to Maine. Not wanting to spend a lot of money, these were budget trips. Apparently there are waterfalls she missed because she recently posted on facebook - that she's making a list and getting ready to head out again.

What a great way to spend time with family and enjoy those hot summer days. I found myself looking forward to her pictures. She kept those of us that were interested informed by posting lots and lots of pictures and I enjoyed every one of her adventures. She doesn't know it - but I plan on stealing (I mean borrowing) her pictures this time around. (I'll make sure not to post her children). Just the scenery.   

But first, even though it's spring it snowed today and it's cold and raw. So I'm going to post about local parks.

Starting with Lawrence Massachusetts which has an amazing number of parks for a very tiny city. I'll work my way to cities and towns around the area as well. There are 32 parks and several more are or will be under construction. The city has receive several large grants to rehab these parks. I'll make sure to post about the 'community gardens' as well.  
 I have since learned - not everyone is welcome here. Picture taken April 12, 2015. 

A little known treasure is a park in South Lawrence - close to the Andover line. This link Mount Vernon Park will take you directly to the city web page. For more detailed information contact the Recreation Department

"Mount Vernon Park, named for the Mount Vernon neighborhood it is found in, is located on Mount Vernon Street between Crestshire Drive and Barnard Road. Mount Vernon Park provides a fun place for people of all ages to enjoy. The park contains multiple fields, a basketball court, and a playground for the little ones. Donahue Field is located in Mount Vernon Park. Donahue Field is dedicated to Redd Donahue for his outstanding contribution to the youth of the City of Lawrence. At Mount Vernon park there is ample parking, and facilities, along with a concession stand that can be opened up for baseball games."
There are some fabulous pictures posted here Cuoco & Cormier Engineering Associates webpage.
They worked with the City of Lawrence to re-vitalize Mount Vernon Park. Mount Vernon Park was an aging athletic facility that could not meet local needs. C&C worked with the City to convene a series of public forums to gain local input and to develop concept plans that allowed the community to maximize the potential of the site.The final design involved the construction of four tournament quality baseball fields with stadium lighting, a multi-purpose community building, a press box, a playground and new site utilities. The new park layout also reduced local safety and traffic concerns by more than doubling the amount of on site parking. The re-construction effort has enabled the City to fully utilize the site and increase its value to the local community.Cuoco & Cormier prepared the concept, design and permitting plans for the project. In addition, C&C developed the construction plans and project specifications for this $3,000,000 effort. Cuoco & Cormier also served as the construction supervisor for the year long re-construction effort.


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