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Springfield receives $4.5M in state funding for park improvement projects

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - Springfield's Forest Park could benefit from a multi-million dollar bond to fund improvements.

The State Senate on Thursday authorized $4.5 million in bonds to the City of Springfield to fund the improvements.

Some of the funds would support upgrades to Camp STAR Angelina; a camp for children with physical and intellectual disabilities. 

"Maybe if they had lights that would light up at night so we could play basketball," Arthur Kelley of Springfield told 22News. "That would help a lot."

Robert Rose added that he'd like more accessibility at the parks, "I would look for wheelchair accessibility, you know. That way I can bring my niece out and see how much fun she can have out."

State Senator Eric Lesser proposed the measure. The Senate bill must now be reconciled with the House version.

It's ultimately up to Gov. Charlie Baker to decide whether to release the funds.


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