Conserving Bear Hole and Improving Our Parks
Bear Hole has been treasured by West Springfield residents for generations. I wanted to do my part in making sure Bear Hole is properly conserved for future generations to enjoy. With this in mind, I was able to secure $100,000 from the state to begin a carbon sequestration program. This program protects Bear Hole from development and allows the town to sell the undeveloped lands as carbon credits to private companies to offset their carbon footprint, effectively making the carbon sequestration program a revenue generator and a conservation program for the town.
West Springfield is also home to beautiful parks and fields. I take pride in our parks and want them to be in pristine condition for residents to utilize for sports or leisure. I was able to bring back funding for infrastructure improvement projects, park maintenance, drainage and surface improvements to athletic facilities and expanded recreation programs. In conjunction with West Springfield Friends of Park and Recreation and the West Springfield Parks and Recreation Department, we were able to put the funding to good use repaving all town basketball courts and skate park and aerating the soccer fields. We were also able to take funding and construct a new pickle ball court, tennis court, batting cage and basketball court at Mittneague Park. I am proud to have played a role in these projects being completed and working with other great parks and recreation advocates in West Springfield.