Beachmont School Park Neighborhood Build & Opening

June 15, 2015

Revere – Mayor Daniel Rizzo, along with City Officials, are pleased to announce that a community playground build will be held on June 19th and 20th from 8:00am through 5:00pm to renovate and refurbish the Beachmont School playground. The playground build will be followed by a Ribbon Cutting on Friday June 26th starting at 11:00am.

Speaker DeLeo filed an amendment in the state’s budget last year for $230,000 to be spent on child public safety projects in Revere. The City of Revere initiated a program to improve infrastructure enhancements around public schools in the community and to improve police assets in order to respond to specific crises. The funding was used to renovate and rebuild the Beachmont School Playground along with safety improvements to Liberty Park, new school zone signage, new pedestrian crosswalks, new police bicycles, and educational outreach materials.

“Creating spaces where children have places to safely play and learn is key to making Revere a better place to live and raise a family,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. “I’ve been proud to work with my colleagues in the Legislature, Mayor Rizzo and local officials to secure funding for child public safety initiatives and look forward to seeing the positive impact these improvements will have on the City.”

“We are so grateful to Speaker DeLeo for securing funding in the state budget last year, through his Child Public Safety Amendment, to make the reconstruction of the Beachmont School Park a reality. Revere has one of the best groups of state legislators in the Commonwealth. Every day Speaker DeLeo, Representative Vincent, and Senator Petruccelli work to ensure that Revere is a great place to live, work, and raise a family,” stated Mayor Rizzo.

“It is very exciting that the community of Beachmont will turn its attention to the playground park at the Beachmont School. Beachmont residents are looking to beautify another park in the neighborhood; one that is used by kids in the community, and which is in need of some work,” stated Ward 1 Councilor McKenna.

The Neighborhood Organizing initiative is funded through Massachusetts General Hospital’s Determination of Needs (DoN) funds and is based out of Revere on the Move, a partnership between the City of Revere and the MGH Revere CARES Coalition to increase healthy eating and active living. “Community Engagement is at the core of what we do by making connections between residents, supporting them in taking on neighborhood-based and citywide projects, and developing leaders to contribute to the work of making Revere a healthier city,” stated Dimple Rana, Co-Manager of Revere on the Move. One of the tactics of this initiative is to involve the community in efforts to reclaim public space, including participating in community park builds. This model increases sense of community in the neighborhood, excitement about having safe and clean places for children to play, and community ownership of the park itself. The use of this model in Revere to renovate DiSalvo and Louis Pasteur Parks was recognized by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs as a model for engaging residents in local neighborhoods for open space and recreation projects.

If you would like to get involved, please contact Neighborhood Organizer Elle Baker at ebaker@revere.org . Remember to like “City of Revere Official” on Facebook and follow the city on Twitter at “Revere_MA.”

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