Construction begins at Trafton Park which will include an expanded playground with new play equipment and resilient rubber surfacing, new ball field dugouts, new benches and picnic tables, and improvements to walkways, drainage, and other systems. Several new trees will be planted to increase the tree canopy at the park that is located at the corner of Granite Street and Laurel Street in the Maplewood neighborhood.
The improvements are Phase I of the Trafton Park Master Plan, developed last year as part of an iterative community engagement process led by Councillors David Camell and Steve Winslow. Both the Master Plan and the Phase I improvements are being administered by the Malden Redevelopment Authority (MRA) on behalf of the City of Malden, with Shadley Associates serving as landscape architects. In addition to the Phase I improvements, the Master Plan envisions a new U8 soccer field, improvements to the existing outfield, a challenge course, a plaza with a shade shelter, and other features.
The Phase I improvements are funded with a $400,000 state Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) grant, $250,000 in local Community Preservation Act funds, and a combined $16,800 in mitigation funds from Councillors Dave Camell, Steve Winslow, Craig Spadafora, and Debbie DeMaria. General contractor J. J. Phelan and Son of Tewksbury, Massachusetts was selected as part of a competitive bid process to conduct the construction. Work will conclude in spring 2021, with the tennis court and dog park open for the duration of construction.
“The Malden Redevelopment Authority is proud to see construction begin on this project, which builds off of the successful Trafton Park Master Plan,” said MRA Executive Director Deborah Burke. “Crews will follow strict COVID-19 protocols throughout construction so that the public can enjoy the park improvements once the pandemic is behind us.”
“This was a wonderful collaboration between our residents, the MRA, the CPA, and the city,” said Ward 6 City Councillor Dave Camell. “The whole vision was driven by listening to our residents, and the result will be Trafton continuing the tradition of being a place where our community comes together. I am so excited to see the physical work begin after all of the great work that's gone into this process for a few years now.”
“I am thrilled work has commenced to update Trafton to better meet the desires and needs of Maldonians whether strolling around pathways, enjoying a larger, more accessible playground, chatting with fellow dog owners or kicking or tossing a ball,” said Councillor-at-Large Steve Winslow. “Thank you to Mayor Christenson, my fellow Councillors, the Malden Redevelopment Authority and the Community Preservation Committee for making this all possible.”
Members of the public with questions about the project can contact Alex Pratt, MRA Community Development Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.