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PRESS RELEASE- Downing, Bosley and Barrett Announce PARC Grant to Continue Renovations at Alcombright Athletic Field
November 07, 2008

North Adams- Today, State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield), State Representative Daniel E. Bosley (D-North Adams), and North Adams Mayor John Barrett III are pleased to announce that the City of North Adams has received a $291,900 state grant for continued renovations at Alcombright Athletic Field.  The funding comes from the Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) grant program (formerly the Urban Self-Help grant program), administered by the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.


“This funding provides for Phase III of renovations at Alcombright Athletic Field,” said Downing. “Once complete it will be a newly renovated venue and serve as the hub of local activities, sporting events and gatherings.  I commend the Patrick Administration for awarding these funds so the City can continue its work at the Field.”


The grant will be used to erect a new building, equipped with concession, restrooms, storage rooms, and a garage/maintenance room at Alcombright Athletic Field.


“This grant is a crucial to continue developing the Alcombright Athletic Field complex and I am grateful that North Adams was selected as a recipient.   This funding will allow for the construction of a new building that will house concessions, restrooms, and storage areas– making the facility more accommodating for visitors and expanding the accessibility for alternative community use,” said Bosley.


“I am very pleased with this announcement,” said North Adams Mayor John Barrett III.  “This funding will allow us to finish up a good portion of the work needed to complete renovations to Alcombright Athletic Field, which will meet the needs of over 600 children as well as adults.”


Since its inception in 1977, PARC has helped cities and towns acquire and develop land for park and outdoor recreation purposes.  The grants are administered through EEA’s Division of Conservation Services and are available for the acquisition of land as well as construction and renovation of property for park and outdoor purposes such as athletic play fields, playgrounds and game courts. 

Any town with a year-round population of at least 35,000, or any city regardless of size with a park or recreation commission is eligible to apply to the PARC program.  Communities that do not meet these population criteria may still qualify under the small town, regional, or statewide project provisions of the program.  With a finite amount of grant funds and an overwhelming application response, the selection process is highly competitive.


For additional information on the PARC program and to download application forms, please visit:




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