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Mayor Alex B. Morse announces progress on key city projects, other investments

Although the weather might not seem cooperative, the City of Holyoke has continued to make significant investments in the community throughout the winter. Over the last three months, the City of Holyoke has invested thousands of dollars in Community Development Block Grant funds and completed long-anticipated projects as well as preparing for the 2018 construction season. Mayor Morse noted “I think 2018 will be the year that residents and business owners see the public investments in the community that have long been discussed. Demolition of key blighted buildings, visible park improvements, enhanced recreational opportunities and pedestrian friendly amenities will make Holyoke a desirable location to live, work and play.”

CDBG-funded activities completed in the last three months include:

Remediation of the former National Guard Firing Range on Mountain Road:

A historically contaminated site, CDBG funds were used to remove contaminated soils and restore this parcel to its natural beauty.

Vista Pruning at McNulty Park, Lincoln Street:

Once a beautiful overlook of Log Pond Cove, the Connecticut River and Mt Holyoke Range, this park suffered from years of neglect. The tree canopy had not been properly pruned and the beautiful views had been lost. In the skillful hands of Cotton Tree Service in partnership with the City of Holyoke Conservation Commission and the Parks and Recreation Commission, the panoramic views have been restored. A grand re-opening will be held in the spring.

Demolition of 569 South Bridge Street:

A long-time priority of the Problem Property Group, this vacant collapsed property had been a nuisance to the neighborhood; however, it was demolished and the lot cleared with a partnership between the Building Department and the Department of Public Works 

Demolition of the former Springdale Park Bathhouse/Maintenance Garage:

An eyesore at Springdale Park, the former maintenance garage was demolished by City staff.

Over the winter, municipal departments have been busy coordinating spring projects. This spring construction season, the following CDBG-funded activities will be launched:

Ely Park:

A new basketball court and park amenities will be installed. The City has contracted with Berkshire Design Group to assist with the park design, public outreach, and bid documents.

Carlos Vega Park:

The City has placed an order for several dominoes/games tables to be installed in the park. Local game leagues will have the opportunity to host outdoor dominoes tournaments. As a cost savings measure, the Department of Public Works will install the benches.

Pulaski Park:

The City is in the process of ordering over forty new benches and an outdoor fitness equipment circuit for teens and adults. The outdoor fitness equipment will feature several weather-resistant exercise machines including an exercise bicycle and parallel bars installed with specialty surfacing. 

Soucy Park:

Last year, the City installed a new play structure at Soucy Park near the intersection of Main and Cabot Streets. This spring, the finishing touches will be done including painting of a mural on the former handball wall and installation of child-sized table and benches.


Nearly $190,000 of new sidewalks will be installed in CDBG-eligible residential neighborhoods. Morais Concrete Service was selected for the job. 

Center City Pedestrian Plaza:

A priority of Mayor Morse, this project will provide an open air plaza for downtown residents and public event space. The design was completed by Milone and MacBroom and site contractor will be MassWest Construction.

Veterans Park Monument:

To honor Holyoke’s three Medal of Honor recipients, a granite monument will be placed in Veterans Park. The project has been a collaboration between the Parks and Recreation Department, Veterans Department and the Historical Commission.

Demolition Along Main Street:

The City will demolish 285 Main Street (the former El Tropical Building) and 405 Main Street. The demolition contractor for both properties will be American Environmental.

The Community Development Block Grant Program is one of the country’s longest running entitlement grant programs offered by the United State Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Holyoke has been a recipient of CDBG funds since 1975.

In addition to CDBG-funded projects, city staff is also advancing other key projects this Spring:

New Concession Stand & Restroom Facility at Mackenzie Field: The City recently opened bids for a precast concrete concession/restroom facility to be installed at the stadium. The project has been awarded to United Concrete and the anticipated delivery date is mid-May.

New Tennis Courts at Jones Point, Crosier, and Holyoke High School: The City recently opened bids for the installation of new concrete tennis courts at Crosier Field and Jones Point with new fencing and lights at Crosier Field, and milling and repaving the tennis courts at Holyoke High School.

The lights at Crosier Field have been rearranged so that there are no lights inside the tennis court area, and the lights will have a timer for after hours use. Also, resurfacing of the volleyball court at Holyoke High School has been added as an additive alternate to the bid, and the intent is to add this work if there is enough project budget after the bids have been opened.

Anticipated Construction Schedule

May 29, 2018             Start construction at Jones Point and Crosier Field

June 21, 2018              Start construction at Holyoke High School

August 31, 2018         Substantial Completion

September 28, 2018    Final Completion


For more information, please contact the Mayor’s Office at 413-322-5510

Posted on March 21, 2018 by