Renovations at Sonny Myers Park should be completed by October

Following three well-attended community meetings with residents about the proposed renovations at Sonny Myers Park, Project Planner Elle Baker said construction at the park will begin this summer, with an expected completion date in mid-October.
“We’ve finished the community meeting/design phase and we’re getting the plans and specifications together so we can go out to bid,” said Baker.
Construction will take place during a four-to-eight-week period between July and September. The park, located at the corner of Beach Street and Winthrop Avenue, will be closed during construction.
The renovations will include new play structures, walkways, seating, and fence repairs. The park will meet ADA requirements after upgrades to entry points and ground surfaces.
There will be a tot-swing set and a multi-user swing set at the park.
Revere received a PARC (Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities) grant from the state for $266,515 for the project. The city committed an additional $130,000 in funding.
Baker said once renovations are completed, a community-build event will be held to install the new playground equipment.
The project is another positive step forward in the continuing renovations of parks under Mayor Brian Arrigo’s administration. Gibson Park in the Point of Pines/Riverside area, the Paul Revere School playground, and Harmon Park on Salem Street, North Revere, were the most recent parks to undergo major renovations.
Interestingly, one of the attendees at the community meetings was Mike Myers, son of the late William “Sonny” Myers, for whom the park was dedicated in the mid-1970s. Sonny Myers was a successful businessman who owned Reliable Heating on Broadway. A respected community leader, he supported several local organizations and sponsored youth sports teams.
“I remember my mother [Margaret] and the family and I being at the dedication ceremony,” said Mike Myers. “I think this effort to renovate the park is just great, especially where there’s going to be new playground equipment and the park is going to have ADA-accessibilty, and three generations – grandparents, parents, and children – will be able to use the park. My family is very proud.”

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