The Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA) has entered into a contract with Sunshine Paving of North Chelmsford, Massachusetts to make ADA-compliant improvements at Coytemore Lea Park on Mountain Avenue and Forestdale Park on Goodhue Street.
Work at Coytemore Lea Park will include removal of an existing gravel path and replacement with an accessible asphalt pathway, earthwork, concrete curb cut at the street, benches and lawn seeding. Work at Forestdale Park will include removal of concrete pavement, benches and chain link fencing and installation of new accessible concrete pathways, curbing, two dugout shelters with players benches, chain link fencing and lawn seeding adjacent to the existing ballfield. Construction is expected to be completed December, 2016.
Sunshine Paving was the lowest qualified bidder of the five contractors that bid on the publicly advertised improvements project. Sunshine Paving performed the improvements to Miller Park on Harvard Street in 2015. The improvements at both Coytemore Lea and Forestdale Parks are being funded with Federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) dollars and will be administered by the MRA on behalf of the City.
Ward Four Councillor Ryan O'Malley advocated for the Coytemore Lea Park improvements, while Ward Five Councillor Barbara Murphy championed the work at Forestdale Park. Mayor Gary Christenson included both of these physical improvement projects in the CDBG budget for Fiscal Year 2017 (July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017).