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Manchester Street Park
About The Park
Manchester Street Park (the former Covanta site) is one of Lawrence's hidden gems-- a linear 5-acre parcel of land situated in the northwest corner of the city and bordering Stevens Pond at the head of Lawrence's stretch of the Spicket River. Like many industrial sites in Lawrence, the area suffered from a history of contamination (the site at one time housed a municipal trash incinerator) that has long posed challenges to its redevelopment. At the same time, the site offers great new green space and serves as a spectacular anchor for the Spicket River Greenway. Construction was completed in 2009, and since then, the park has served many residents in Lawrence as a thriving green space.
Manchester St. Park Wins Brownfields Renewal 2010 Social Impact Award!
The recently renovated Manchester Street Park, a 5-acre former incinerator site on the Spicket River in urban Lawrence, Massachusetts, has been recognized by the trade publication Brownfield Renewal with its 2010 Brownfield Renewal Award for Social Impact. The awards, determined by a distinguished panel of industry experts, are “presented to projects that represent the gold standard of development across three distinct industry spheres of influence,” according to the publication. Blog post...
On Wednesday September 16, we were pleased to celebrate the opening of the park, complete with a playground, swings, a pond overlook and 30 community garden beds. Speakers representing many of the funders and park activists were represented including The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, EPA Brownfields Program, Community Development Block Grant Program (HUD), the City of Lawrence, Lawrence Environmental Action League, Covanta Energy, neighborhood residents and Groundwork Lawrence.
Photos of the construction and finished park
EPA Brownfields Project Summary
Read Past Design and Construction Updates...
Final Plans-select layout sheets
Rumbo Article - EPA Brownfields Funds in Lawrence
Eagle Tribune story - EPA awards clean-up funds
Eagle Tribune story - Urban Self Help grant award
Draft Alternatives and Remedial Implementation Plan - October 2008
Presentation of Alternatives Analysis for Soil Management-October 29, 2008