After almost a decade of planning and renovating, Northampton's Pulaski Park was reopened on July 22nd, 2016. The park is extremely progressive, incorporating a stormwater garden that is meant to help cleanse the water draining from Route 9. Much of the material used in the park's renovation is local--including Goshen stone and locust logs--and the steel features hearken back to the city's industrial past.
The park has a stage for outdoor performances, a plaza with string lights and movable furniture, a huge green space, and a children's play area near the back; another point of note is a time capsule from 1976, the last year that the park had been updated. The new park is "the crown jewel" of Northampton, Massachusetts Senate President Stan Rosenberg said, as he spoke at the reopening ceremony. Other speakers went on to say how much of an asset the park will be to the community.
Speaking at the ceremony was Mayor David Narkewicz, Lead Architect Lauren Stimson, President of the Massachusetts Senate Stan Rosenberg, Northampton Department of Public Works director Donna LaScaleia, and Chair of the Polish Heritage Committee Robert Gibowicz.