FALL RIVER- Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton, Fall River Mayor Jaisel Correia, state legislators, and city and business officials gathered on Monday to celebrate and recognize the newly reconstructed Father Travassos Park and connecting Quequechan River Rail Trail with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The park and trail are welcome additions to the Flint Neighborhood.
A partnership between the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EEA), the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), and the City of Fall River yielded significant state funding dollars for the completion of both projects. EEA’s Gateway City Parks Program awarded $8.2 million for the design and construction of trail along the Quequechan River, along with the reconstruction of Father Travassos Park. In addition, nearly $3 million in MassDOT funding went toward trail construction.
“It is incredibly important that children and families residing in communities like Fall River have access to quality parks and other outdoor recreational facilities to utilize,” said Energy and Environmental Affairs Secretary Matthew Beaton. “The Baker-Polito Administration continues to build and strengthen its partnerships with municipalities, state and local officials, and other stakeholders to ensure green spaces, such as Father Travassos Park and the Quequechan Trail, are readily available for today’s citizens to benefit from and are protected for future generations to enjoy.”
“The park and trail are valuable new amenities for the local community,” said Transportation Secretary and CEO Stephanie Pollack. “These new public spaces reflect the commitment of the Baker-Polito Administration to expand recreational opportunities and to promote safe, healthy and efficient transportation options.”
“The Commonwealth’s investment in the Flint neighborhood is a true testament to the economic viability of our community and Fall River as a whole,” said State Representative Paul A. Schmid (D-Westport). “We are already beginning to see the benefits that the construction of Fr. Travassos Park and the rail trail have created. I want to thank all those involved in making this project happen, including my colleagues in the Baker-Polito Administration and the City of Fall River.”
“The newly constructed Father Travassos Park and Quequechan Trail represent the importance of local-state partnerships in providing resources to our communities,” said State Senator Michael Rodrigues (D-Westport). “Ensuring every family in Fall River has access to recreational and green space is critically important in our efforts to revitalize the city.”
Father Travassos Park and the Quequechan River Rail Trail are open to the public.