It was a sure sign the long winter is behind when Haverhill Mayor James J. Fiorentini officially opened the Swasey Field spray park Friday for the 2015 season.
The park is being renovated thanks to a $1.1 million state Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) grant and $100,000 in matching funds the city’s allocation of annual federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG).
“I am excited to kick-off the 2015 summer season with the opening of the spray park. The second phase of the project should be completed by the end of this summer,” said Fiorentini. “It is a benefit not only to have a nice park, but to have a water element that the children can enjoy too. Swasey Field has been turned into a park for families, not only children.”
The spray park was the first phase of a two-part project. The second phase of renovations at the 14-acre Swasey Field that was built for millworkers and their families. It will include two baseball fields, one little league and one major league diamond, a walking path, a full court basketball area with six nets, a snow sliding area for winter play and 19 new trees.