Springfield residents are waiting to see a renovated Riverfront Park.
Riverfront Park is still on target to open next spring, despite wet weather impacting the construction work.
In less than six months, Springfield’s Riverfront Park will have a much different look. MGM Springfield is covering one-third of the $3-million renovation project.
“To me its money well spent I’m a bike rider I walk I hike and I think its excellent for the city, yeah I can’t wait to see it,” said Nick Wedleke of Springfield.
One major addition to the new park is a 9/11 memorial, which will feature a beam of structural steel, a World Trade Center artifact that was given to the Spirit of Springfield.
The renovated Riverfront Park will include a new festival field, splash pad, and a new bikeway and walkway trail when it opens next spring.
The city hopes the new park will attract more visitors to their downtown and boos the city’s economy.
The Western Massachusetts Economic Development Council said the park’s location next to the Connecticut River will benefit the local economy.
“You look at successful cities across the country they are going back to their roots and looking at the river as a resource and environmental good and connecting people to that river is very important,” said Rick Sullivan, president of the council.
Parks, Buildings, and Recreation Executive Director Patrick Sullivan told 22News the new Riverfront Park will also have new playground equipment, picnic tables, and benches.
Sullivan added that they still plan to open the park in June. The Spirit of Springfield plans to announce a dedication date for the 9-11 memorial Wednesday.