BETA worked with the City of Springfield on the relocation of Samuel Bolden Park (previously known as DeBerry Park), which formerly bordered Union and Monroe Streets and Eastern Avenue. The relocated park is located at King Street and Wilbraham Avenue and includes a basketball court, multipurpose athletic field, playground, fitness station, and walking path.
This was a fast-paced project. A rendering of the new park and conceptual plans were approved by the City’s Park Commission in February 2020. Final design drawings and bidding were completed in spring 2020 and construction started in June 2020. City officials plan to consolidate two outdated elementary schools and build a new school where the park formerly stood.
The park was renamed in memory of the late Samuel A. Bolden of Springfield, who was a strong supporter of youth sports and activities in the City, especially the Mason Square area.
Mayor Domenic J. Sarno called the project “transformative” for the neighborhood. Patrick Sullivan, Director of Parks, Recreation & Building Management, described the project as “a great addition to the neighborhood addresses an area of the neighborhood that has been underserved.”