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Miller Park Named After Resident Who Dedicated Life to Youth

The refurbished Miller Park has been rededicated. Located at 217 Harvard Street, Miller Park is named for the late Robert D. Miller, who dedicated his life to the youth of Malden.
 

Mr. Miller was born September 3, 1936 and grew up in Medford. He graduated from Medford High School and upon completing his service in the U.S. Air Force, he worked with underprivileged children and Cerebral Palsy patients. In 1965, Mr. Miller was hired by the Malden YMCA and was instrumental in the success of many YMCA programs including the Newland Street "Extension House," Malden Outreach and Camp Madaca. On November 18, 1967 Mr. Miller's life was cut short when he was killed by a drunk driver in a hit and run accident. He left behind his wife Patricia and young son Robert, Jr.  In 1970, Robert Miller's legacy was celebrated with the dedication of Miller Park where he left a lasting mark on the neighborhood.

The $340,000 Miller Park Improvement Project was funded through the City's Capital Improvement Program.  The formerly dilapidated park has been transformed into a multi-generational space for the surrounding neighborhood. Most recently, the park was the setting for a movie night for local youth and their families.  Improvements include new playground space with hopscotch and picnic tables and an open lawn area surrounded by a loop walk with benches, seat wall and plantings.  Additionally, the basketball court was seal coated and restriped and ornamental pedestrian scale lighting along the walkways was installed offering illumination and site security. Extensive repairs and replacement of existing chain link fencing was also done. The landscape architect was Shadley Associates. 

The Malden Redevelopment Authority administered the project on behalf of the City.
Miller Park Tot Lot