Pocket Park Underway In Turners Falls

Rendering of AlleyCulture / photo courtesy of Brick House Community Resource Center

Turners Falls, MA – MassDevelopment has awarded a $9,880 grant to the Brick House Community Resource Center, which will use funds to transform an underutilized alley in the Turners Falls downtown business district into a pocket park called “AlleyCulture”.

Located off of Avenue A,  “AlleyCulture” will feature three separate garden pods and a space for community events. 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 the 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.