JP CENTER—With hundreds of kids, parents, elected officials—including Mayor Martin Walsh—and community members in attendance, the community-funded artificial turf field and track for the Curley K-8 School at 493 Centre St. celebrated its official ribbon-cutting ceremony on Oct. 28.
“Our kids in the city deserve the best. The Curley is a model for us,” Walsh said at the morning festivities, held on the newly-completed field.
“The parent council has raised the bar in a major way,” state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez said at the event. “I’m so proud of your efforts here.”
The community fundraising campaign raised about $285,000 to replace an unsafe asphalt lot with the field and track that will be used during recess. About $263,000 came directly from Curley Playing Field Campaign Committee fundraising efforts, campaign parent co-chair Kieran Fitzgibbon told the Gazette.
The Mayor’s Office contributed about $30,000 and the balance of the $343,000 contract was picked up by Boston Public Schools (BPS), Fitzgibbon said.
The field is the second phase of a 2008 master plan to improve the school grounds. The first phase was completed three years ago and included new green space and an “outdoor classroom” along the north side of the building.
For more information about the plans, see playingfield.curleyk8.com.