Publication Date

5-2014

Committee Members

Patricia McGirr - Chair, Ethan Carr - Member, Carey Clouse - Member

Abstract

Springdale Park has potential to be a model urban open space in Holyoke, with a resurgence of its connection to the Connecticut River. Springdale Park's edges offer opportunities to connect to urban agriculture, recreation, ecology, heritage, education and community. The park has successfully served as a recreational space for the flood plain communities of Holyoke since before 1850.

Now, as the city is making efforts to rebrand with a focus on the Downtown Revitalization Project and Arts + Industry District, Springdale Park could play a significant role. By focusing attention on this area as a model, transformation of this city gateway could improve the economy along Main Street and the perception of Holyoke beginning with the city's edges.

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