Boston – MassDevelopment has awarded a $10,000 Commonwealth Places COVID-19 Response Round: Resurgent Places grant to the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy for the Chin Park Placekeeping Project.
Auntie Kay and Uncle Frank Chin Park on the Greenway in Boston’s Chinatown neighborhood will be improved through enhanced lighting infrastructure, playground equipment upgrades, plantings, public art installations, and annual programming celebrating Asian and Asian-American culture.
The organization will use funds to buy and install a new lighting system throughout Mary Soo Hoo Park, which is part of the overall Chin Park parcel.
The funds are awarded through MassDevelopment’s special Commonwealth Places COVID-19 Response Round: Resurgent Places, which was made available specifically to assist local economic recovery efforts as community partners prepare public spaces and commercial districts to serve residents and visitors.
“Before this pandemic, the vibrant centers of our cities and towns were not only a driving force behind the strength of local economies, they were the places where we gathered to dine, to shop, and to be entertained, and the Commonwealth Places program is one way that we can help these areas bounce back stronger than ever,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Mike Kennealy, who serves as chair of MassDevelopment’s board of directors.