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People’s Park Grand Opening

The city’s newest park, Peoples Park, officially opened its gates to the public May 31st. Three years after the concept was dreamed up by land owner Tom Montante, the small formerly vacant lot next to the Tri-Main Center has become a community gathering space.

On Saturday, neighbors explored the space, which features everything from community gardening beds, a small 30 seat amphitheater, and a sculpture from a local artist. The crowd was all smiles, as children from local schools and churches helped to plant flowers. Bustling about the space, kids enjoyed face painting, hotdogs, and a drum circle playing in the amphitheater.

“We really didn’t have any expectations,” said Marilyn Sozanski of the park’s Steering Committee. “We wanted to get people wandering in, and I think that happened today.”

The park is sparklingly clean. Though the park is just opening its doors, t construction began years ago. The new wooden fence behind the park protects the children from wondering onto the train tracks. Hopefully an early sign of the ownership neighbors can begin to feel over this space, the fence has been there for at least a year without being graffitied.

Peoples Park, near Main St. and Jewett Parkway, is free and open every day from 8AM to 8PM, May to October.

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