The Springfield Park Department has cleared up a misunderstanding about the locked gate at Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Sullivan Park.
Patrick Sullivan, the city’s Director of Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management told 22News that the gate protects the parking spaces for kayakers using Lake Massassoit.
The gate does not prevent visitors from entering the park.
“We worked very closely with the neighborhood council and the abutters of the park to come up with this plan,” Sullivan explained. “And it’s worked out great.”
Gunnery Sergeant Thomas Sullivan park is named in honor of the Springfield native who gave his life trying to save other servicemen during an attack on a Naval Reserve Center in Chattanooga, Tennessee back in 2015.
The former South Branch Park was renamed in his honor almost two years ago.