Senator Eric P. Lesser (D-Longmeadow) announced that the final version of the state budget included $16,000 for renovations to an existing playground in Hampden’s Memorial Park. The funding, which helps fill a funding gap needed to complete improvements to the playground, originated from an amendment to the Senate budget filed by Senator Lesser.
“As the father of a young daughter, I know how important it is have a place to spend time with your children,” Lesser said. “These renovations will provide a much-needed gathering space for the families of Hampden and the surrounding community.”
“Being a parent myself as well as having three nephews in the town of Hampden, I know how important it is to have safe, fun places for our children,” said Representative Brian Ashe (D-Longmeadow). “I’m very happy for the children, their families and friends who will be able to utilize this playground.”
“We are extremely appreciative of the work of Senator Lesser in bringing our tax dollars back to our community and our children,” said Hampden Selectman John Flynn. “Even after this appropriation was vetoed by the Governor’s office, Eric fought to bring it back into the final budget.”
The funding secured by the amendment will help ensure the playground is ADA-compliant and wheelchair accessible, make safety upgrades to the ground surface and improve water drainage.