FitzGerald Park, the pocket park on Exchange Street in Malden Center, is getting a facelift this summer as new benches, an artist’s table, and play equipment are installed to activate the park and further engage the full breadth of the Malden community downtown.
The park is used by nearby preschools, professionals working downtown, Malden residents, and customers visiting the downtown. The mural by Malden native Ed Emberley overlooking the park was considered in the design, and the new features and reactivated open space will complement the mural.
Existing benches will be repainted and new benches installed, and a drawing table will be added. Children’s play equipment, including a talk tube and animal springers, will be installed, and some of the park will be resurfaced.
The project was championed by Mayor Gary Christenson, Ward 4 City Councillor Ryan O’Malley, and John Preotle of Preotle, Lane & Associates, a longtime steward of the park and the owner of the neighboring office building at 350 Main Street. Construction is being administered by the Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA), and completed by JNJ Sacca Inc., an Arlington-based construction company specializing in public parks and playgrounds. The City’s Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is the primary source of funds for the project, with additional funds provided by Preotle, Lane & Associates and Malden Arts. The project is scheduled to be completed by the end of July.