SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield City Officials will make an announcement concerning a rehabilitation project for the Atwater Park Fountain Wednesday which has long been shut down.

By next summer, there is anticipation for a new fountain. Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno, Director of Parks, Building and Recreational Management Patrick Sullivan, and members of the Atwater Park Civic Association gathered on a patch of land on the corner of Springfield and Cunningham Streets, to announce a rehabilitation project that will revitalize this neighborhood asset.

Mayor Sarno says improvements will enhance the beautification of the neighborhood and restore the long inoperable fountain. Mayor Sarno states, “I want to thank Director Patrick Sullivan and City Councilor Michael Fenton for their efforts in supporting this important neighborhood fountain rehabilitation project for our Atwater Park neighborhood.  The improvements will enhance the beautification of the neighborhood and restore a long inoperable fountain structure to its original glory.”  

“Well it’s a gateway to the neighborhood, so the fountain will provide a wonderful entrance and welcome to the neighborhood, we’re adding lighting, we’re adding benches, so it will be a place for people to recreate,” he added. “We’re hoping it could be a future place for community concerts there’s a neighborhood concert series we host every summer and we are looking forward to enjoying it for many years to come.”

The project has funding from private and public sources – the city of Springfield is paying $100,000, $36,000 is coming from Baystate and the Atwater Park Civic Association and $129,000 are from the community preservation act.

According to Councilor Fenton, they hope to break ground on the project shortly and aim to have the park and fountain ready to enjoy by next summer.