SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Improvements are on the way for facilities at Forest Park following an announcement of new federal funding.

It’s the ‘crown jewel’ of Springfield’s Forest Park. This community haven will undergo some renovations in the coming months thanks to over $3 million in federal funding.

“There are so many good memories here but when you look at what happened to the stadium, it was only going to be an infusion of federal support to help get us past some of the deterioration,” said Congressman Richard Neal.

In all, the project is projected to cost $12 million. This new funding will function as seed money. The renovations will focus on a Horticulture Center and the Walker Grandstand. Including new dugouts for the stadium.

Mayor Domenic Sarno recalled his own memories on the field, “It was a big deal when you played here at the Walker Grandstand because it felt like you were playing a major league ballgame. Forest Park and this baseball field is the cornerstone of the community and local residents say it needs to stay that way.”

“This is awesome. I played here, my sons played here, we picnicked here, and we’ve enjoyed the beauty of Forest Park for forty years,” Eric Sutter began making fond memories at Forest Park since he became a resident of Springfield 4 decades ago. He hopes the renovations will help the park continue its legacy.. of bringing joy to the community.

“We needed this update. It’s high time that we have something we can really look up to as a possibility for future generations to play ball and enjoy Forest Park,” said Sutter.