The City of North Adams has been awarded a $318,500 grant toward improvements to the city’s Brayton Park through the Commonwealth’s Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) program.

In a press release announcing the grant this afternoon, the PARC funding, matched by the funds from the city’s Community Development Block Grant, will allow the city will complete a renovation to Brayton Park. The project includes improvements to the park’s basketball and baseball/softball fields, installation of a multi-activity field, creation of a walking path, a shade structure and seating, a community garden, and a small parking lot.

Mayor Tom Bernard said, “Creating opportunities for outdoor recreation and improving recreational amenities is a priority within the city’s Vision 2030 comprehensive plan, and a great way to build a sense of community and civic pride." He said he was grateful to the Baker-Polito administration for providing the funding for this PARC grant which will provide "an improved park for neighborhood residents, students at Brayton Elementary School, and users of the Northern Berkshire YMCA."

North Adams is one of 19 towns and cities across Massachusetts that will receive a share of the $6.4 million in grant funding announced recently by Governor Charlie Baker and the Baker-Polito administration.