After nine months of renovation, Holyoke’s 150 year old Veteran’s Park was reopened with much fanfare on June 14, 2013.
BRR was present for the reopening ceremony on a beautiful, sunny June afternoon.
Speakers included Jennifer Gilburg, chairwoman of the Parks and Recreation Commission, City Council President Kevin A. Jourdain, state Rep. Aaron M. Vega, D-Holyoke, and Kurt Gaertner, director of the state’s Gateway Cities Parks Program.
In 2007, the Patrick Administration established the Gateway City Parks Program to advance park equity in designated Gateway Cities. Holyoke selected Veteran’s Park as the City’s preferred project. The Gateway Program has funded Brown, Richardson & Rowe’s design and the park’s construction for the one acre park. New LED park lighting, accessible interior walkways, planting, benches & trash receptacles and accessible pedestrian ramps to the park at the intersections of Chestnut Street with Hampden Street and Chestnut Street with Dwight Street have transformed the park.
The centerpiece of the park is the 42-foot-tall granite Civil War monument and statue of Miss Liberty.
Brown, Richardson & Rowe, Inc. is assisting the Executive Office of Energy & Environmental Affairs (EEA) with the assessment and realization of park opportunities in support of this important state-wide parks initiative.