Balance Urban Development with Open Space

Gary Ayrassian, the Director of Planning and Development pointed out that as many communities grow, they become ugly and over-developed. He wanted to create a new paradigm for Attleboro where we would counter-balance urban development with open space. Once I heard the idea, I was all in. The most notable example of this can be seen in the center of …

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Angell Park

Like the Briggs Playground, the renovation at Angell Park was intended to revitalize that neighborhood while showing respect to Lt. Cyril M. Angell for whom the park is dedicated. Despite applying twice for state grants, we were unsuccessful in our bids, but meanwhile the park continues to deteriorate and is in demonstrable need of rehabilitation. So, we — Gary Ayrassian …

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Soccer fields at Tilda B. Stone

We will work in partnership with the Attleboro Youth Soccer (AYS) to rehabilitate the soccer fields at the Tilda B. Stone Playground in Dodgeville. We will do one this year and will do the other next year. The cost per field will be $49,000 but AYS will chip in $10,000 for the work. Dennis Walsh said that the fields have …

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Fred E. Briggs Playground

This was a neighborhood changer. We had hoped that by upgrading this park, it would make a real difference in the quality of life in that neighborhood and that the residents would partner with us to keep it that way — and in the two years since it was dedicated that is precisely what has happened. This is another example …

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Capron Park Zoo, Re-Imagined

When Director Jean Benchimol was hired to run the zoo, she told the Mayor that she would need to rehab the entire zoo complex. There wasn’t really money in the budget to support such a large-scale project at Capron, so he called the relevant department heads together to see what Attleboro could do with the city resources that we have. Led …

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