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Making a West Side park safer

City Officials and Members of PUSH breaking ground
City Officials and Members of PUSH breaking ground

 City Officials broke ground on the Massachusetts Avenue park renovation project Thursday.

The project was initiated by the members of PUSH Buffalo who said the park wasn't safe, because of broken glass and old equipment.

Over $100,000 of city funding will be used for a new playground, benches, entrance and walking space.

Push Board member Suzanne Montalalou said she lives in the area and now her teenagers wont have to go far to find a safe area to play soccer.

"They've gone all the way to Delaware park which is over a mile away, they walk across the city to some other park, because this park wasn't safe. So now they'll be able to come here with their friends and actually enjoy their own park in their own neighborhood," said Montalalou.

 Mayor Byron Brown said neighborhood residents were able to give input on the renovation. He said he would like to do more projects with community input in the future.

"One of the things that I've tried to focus on as Mayor, working with the members of the city council is quality of life. To improve quality of life we have to improve the places where families and children can gather together," said Mayor Brown.

Phase one of the project will be completed this spring.