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The Valley Breeze Woonsocket North Smithfield 07-12-2018

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10 THE VALLEY JULY 12-18, 2018 | VALLEY BREEZE | NORTH SMITHFIELD BLACKSTONE WOONSOCKET EDITION In 2016, partly at the urging of longtime resident Bob Melucci, who had advocated for improvements at the park for several years, the town applied for and received a $53,440 RIDEM outdoor recreation grant. The grant, which had a $13,360 matching town contribution, would fund new playground equipment along with shrubbery and a bike rack, according to Public Works Director Raymond Pendergast. At the center would be the new park's highlight, a figure-eight walking and bike trail designed as a space for young chil- dren to learn how to ride their bikes. Since then, residents have awaited the start of construction on the new park, but said they were disappointed to learn that town officials do not have a start date in mind. Town Administrator Gary Ezovski said the delays are due to the ongoing plan- ning of renovations at the Municipal Annex. While the building and for- mer playground are separated by a parking lot, Ezovski said he does not intend to begin work on the park until town officials have a plan in place for renovations to the building to ensure that all construction moving forward is consistent with plans for town property in the area. "The last thing that I would want to see is a circumstance that we go and spend money on any activity and thereafter say we've got to displace the work we did," he said. While the timeline of the renova- tion project is dependent on the work of the Municipal Buildings Review Task Force, Ezovski said the bridging documents are near complete and the town expects to issue a request for proposals for the project soon. Task Force Chairman Paul Vadenais was away on vacation this week and unable to be reached for comment on the timeline of the project. Guay, meanwhile, said he does not see why plans can't move forward on the park as approved. He expressed concerns that the state grant may expire, though RIDEM spokesperson Michael Healey confirmed the grant remains active and communities may apply for a time extension. Guay also said he felt the park and its surrounding neighborhood were of low priority for town officials due to their isolated location on the Woonsocket line. In the close-knit col- lection of dead-end streets where resi- dents still wave at each other as they drive by, the park could be a valuable asset for residents and maybe even draw visitors from other parts of town. "It just seems like we're not part of North Smithfield sometimes. We're the forgotten part," said Guay. PARK From Page 3 St. Joseph Seniors will hold ham dinner July 24 WOONSOCKET – St. Joseph Senior Group will hold a ham dinner on Tuesday, July 24, at noon, in the Good Shepherd School auditorium, 1200 Mendon Road. Tickets are $10 per person. A lobster bake will be held at Foster's in York, Maine, on Thursday, Aug. 2. 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