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Haverhill

March 7, 2013

City to get water park, public garden

$572K to improve city-owned Tattersall Farm

HAVERHILL — City residents in the North Broadway area near the New Hampshire line will get a community garden and water playground — a place where families can cool off on hot summer days.

Plans are in the works to build the garden and playground at Tattersall Farm — a 150-acre, city-owned property on North Broadway.

Mayor James Fiorentini said he plans to ask City Council for $572,000 for improvements that also include an outdoor learning center, new recreational trails and more parking. The work will end up costing the city only $50,000, however.

That’s because the state is pitching in $389,000 and $50,000 is coming from the Tattersall Farm Charitable Trust, the mayor said. The final $83,000 will be covered by various private and public groups, including the city’s water and sewer departments, in the form of service and labor donations, Fiorentini said.

The mayor said this will be the first and only public playground in the city’s rural northwestern corner.

“There are no schools and no playgrounds in this part of the city, and many people up there don’t have city water and sewer,” Fiorentini said. “Many people who live up there feel alienated from the rest of the city, so I’m excited to finally be able to bring them a playground.”

The water playground, also called a splash park, will feature sprinklers in the ground activated by people stepping on pedals, spraying water for children and others to run through. The community garden will allow residents to have their own areas to do plantings.

City Council gave general approval to the project this week by authorizing the mayor to accept the state money and to make the improvements. The mayor must return to the council later for approval to spend the money involved.

“The main focus (of the project) is to increase the available space on the farm to adequately provide for the public’s agricultural utilization and to host major events, activities and educational programming,” according to the grant proposal for state funding of the project.

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