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PAWTUCKET, RI – Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01) today joined with Mayor Donald Grebien, Councilor Marlena Martins Stachowiak, and Councilor Mark J. Wildenhain to announce new federal funding for Pawtucket’s Veterans Memorial Park Pool Renovation Project. Congressman Cicilline secured $2.3 million for this project in the recently passed omnibus spending bill. The project was one of ten community projects the Congressman recommended to the Appropriations Committee. All ten of the Congressman’s projects were funded.
“This project – one of ten community projects in Rhode Island’s First Congressional District funded by this year’s federal appropriations bill, is all about community. High-quality, accessible community pools do more than offer a good way for residents to get regular exercise, they bring communities together,” said Congressman Cicilline. “Veterans Memorial Park is already one of the largest recreational spaces on the west side of Pawtucket and the park also serves as a federal summer lunch program site. By renovating this space, we can provide even better recreational programming for our kids – including with the addition of a splash pad, which will expand water activities to children who aren’t yet old enough to swim.”
“I would like to thank Congressman Cicilline for this amazing opportunity for our community to renovate this pool and facility overall,” said Mayor Donald R. Grebien. “Almost every day during the summer, this pool reaches its capacity of 150 people making it highly used and important to our youth. With this $2.3 million invested into the complex, we can provide water recreation for residents of all ages in addition to the programs already existing at the facility.”
“With so much happening at Veterans Memorial Park, I couldn’t be more excited to have a completely renovated facility for water recreation,” said District 6 Councilor Marlena Martins Stachowiak. “We are bringing recreation opportunities to this community and increasing our resident’s quality of life.”
“Thank you to Congressman Cicilline and his team for continuing to support Pawtucket. These federal funds will revitalize a pillar of our community, and we look forward to gathering together to celebrate the completion of the upgraded pool and the addition of the new splash pad,” said Councilor Mark Wildenhain.
Fairlawn Veterans Memorial Park is one of the largest recreational spaces on the west side of the City of Pawtucket. The location is a federal summer lunch program site and provides several recreational programming opportunities for youth. The Veterans Memorial Park Pool Renovation Project will include the renovation of the current Veterans Memorial Park Pool and the addition of an adjacent splash pad that will be beneficial for children not old enough to swim. The combination of water features will allow for families and children of all ages to enjoy this expanded recreational amenity, while increasing equity and improving access to water recreation for the 20 percent of Pawtucket families without a personal vehicle for travel to the beach.
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- Mayor Donald R. Grebien