Park Design and Construction Updates

Manchester Park Construction

Manchester Street Park opened in 2009 on the Spicket River Greenway and includes a playground, swings, a pond overlook and community garden beds.

Timeline of Construction


Park Construction completed July 2009

Park construction was completed in July with very few hiccups along the way. The contractor worked hand in hand with the City management and GWL's team including the landscape architect. A ribbon cutting is scheduled for September (Date TBA). Right now the grass is growing, birds are chirping, and kids are playing. All in all-the park is settling in well on the Spicket River Greenway. Please check out the park-enjoy a picnic at one of the tables or sit in the shade at the Stevens Pond overlook. You can see images of the park at our Flickr site.

Please check out the Success Stories page to read more about how the former Covanta site tranformed from a contaminated brownfield into the lovely Manchester Street park! Situated on the former site of an electrical power plant, the park serves the community year round by providing a family-friendly open green space.


Park Construction began March 2009

The City accepted bids for the park construction on February 27. The project was awarded on March 5 to David W. White and Son, Inc a well-regarded firm that has constructed many athletic fields in Massachusetts and New Hampshire. Given the fast-paced timeline we’ve laid out for the park’s construction, this work will proceed quickly and be complete in June. Unfortunately, due to cost constraints, some of the park’s elements—including the community garden beds, the mural wall, and full site lighting—will not be included in this phase of park construction. However, Groundwork Lawrence and the City are pursuing alternative sources of grant funding that we hope will enable the garden beds and the mural wall to be fully installed sometime during 2009. What you will surely see in June at the completed park, however, are two playground areas (one for 5 - 12 year olds, and one for 2 - 5 year olds), an overlook to the pond with a colorful pavilion, a great big grassy lawn with lots of trees, a portion of the Spicket River Greenway trail, dedicated parking, park signage, and space set aside and prepared for the community garden beds (which will include an active water hookup).

You can also follow progress at our blog.

For more information about the project call (978) 974-0770 or email Brad at Groundwork Lawrence.