---- — METHUEN — The city has been awarded a $188,000 state grant to upgrade the Tenney Street playground.
The money is from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The award was announced this week by Mayor Stephen Zanni and Aaron Gornstein, Undersecretary of the state’s Department of Housing and Community Development.
The grant will pay for a renovation that will upgrade the widely-used playground and make it handicap accessible.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to make this important investment in the Arlington Neighborhood,” Zanni said. “This grant gives Methuen the tools to make dramatic enhancements to this neighborhood for the benefit of residents both young and old.”
The playground renovation will include the removal and disposal of all antiquated equipment. New equipment will meet current safety standards and include a wheelchair-accessible platform swing.
The site will include a new rubber surface and wood fiber ground covering.
“What is important to me is that this playground has the durability to last a long time,” said Zanni. “We have made sure that this site will be stocked with equipment that is high on quality and low on maintenance.”
State Representative Linda Campbell said the playground renovation is great news for the city.
“The Tenney Street playground is not only a safe gathering place for children, but also a place where adults come together to discuss and affect changes that have great impact on public safety and quality of life in the neighborhood,” said Campbell.