Forest Park’s main entrance opening Tuesday, one day before Bright Nights begins

Hampden County

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The main entrance to Forest Park is scheduled to re-open Tuesday after being closed since May due to a culvert replacement project.

The project was to replace the original 1854 culvert that carries water beneath Main Greeting Road from Swan Pond to Meadowbrook Ravine.

The renovation was funded with $3 million dollars from the Massachusetts Department of Energy and Environmental Affairs and the construction is virtually finished all that remained Monday, was the clean-up.

Mayor Sarno along with Executive Director of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management Patrick Sullivan made the announcement at Forest Park, Summer Avenue entrance at 10:15 a.m.

The project was completed on time, which is important for an accessible and scenic entrance to Forest Park. Mayor Sarno said Bright Nights Forest park is important to so many families in Western Massachusetts:

“Especially Bright Nights which puts a twinkle in your eye, whether young or old, it’s become a family and holiday tradition.”

-Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno

Forest Park culvert project to finish in time for Bright Nights

“I am grateful to Governor Baker and our local state delegation for their assistance in allocating funding for this critical project. This immense project was completed on time and on budget and I am excited that the dam and culvert repair has been successful so that the many visitors to Forest Park will have an accessible and scenic entrance to this wonderful park.”

Springfield Mayor Sarno

Spirit of Springfield President Judy Matt, was especially pleased the entrance will be open just in time for one of the city’s favorite holiday traditions.

“We are looking forward to a great year, and opening night is 12/1400 people cars, so they’re going to be very happy to have a road to drive down.”

-Spirit of Springfield President Judy Matt

It is scheduled to reopen Tuesday, just in time for the start of the Bright Nights 25th anniversary season! If you are in the military or are a first responder you can get free admission to Bright Nights on December 4 with a valid ID.

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