Help Roberts Field In Chelmsford, MA Get $500k In Chapter 209 State Funding

Help Roberts Field In Chelmsford, MA Get $500k In Chapter 209 State Funding

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Friends of Roberts Field Inc. started this petition to Attention: Emily Chabot, Deputy Director of the Governor’s legislative affairs Governor Baker & Lt. Governor Polito and

We are asking Massachusetts officials to appropriate $500,000 of FY20 Chapter 209 funds for Chelmsford’s Roberts Field - a highly valued park, pond, playground, sports area and wildlife refuge that is enjoyed by generations of Merrimack Valley families. 

This funding will complete much needed repairs and improvements as outlined in the Park's 2017 Master Plan, including:

  • crushed stone walking track and exercise circuit
  • new baseball fields and backstops
  • multi-use lacrosse/soccer field
  • pond dredging
  • parking lot improvements
  • invasive plant removal
  • irrigation system, and more.

Park improvements began in 2018 with the grand opening of the new-inclusive Friendship Park playground, which were built and funded through a public-private partnership and Community effort.

Massachusetts Chapter 209 promotes climate change adaptation, environmental and natural resource protection, and investment in recreational assets and opportunity. Chapter 209 will be funded over a number of years based on the state's annual Capital Plan.

The Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA) is preparing their Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Chapter 209 Capital Investment Plan appropriations recommendation for the Governor and will accept letters from the public by mail, email or petition and file them for consideration. Governor Baker is expected to sign and authorize the FY20 Capital Investment Plan in Spring 2019. 

Please contact the Baker-Polito Administration and EOEEA, contact information and a sample letter is below, and ask them to release the Chapter 209 funds for Roberts Field in Chelmsford.

Governor Baker & Lt. Governor Polito
Attention: Emily Chabot, Deputy Director of the Governor’s legislative affairs
Massachusetts State House, Room 360, Boston, MA 02133
Send an email emily.k.chabot@massmail.state.ma.us

Secretary Kathleen Theoharides
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs
Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs (EOEEA)
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 900, Boston, MA 02114
Send an emailenv.internet@mass.gov

Sample Letter To State Officials

Dear (Name) ,

Please include Chelmsford’s Roberts Field in the FY20 Chapter 209 of the Acts of 2018 Capital Investment Plan appropriation.  Chapter 209 includes $500,000 for Chelmsford to complete planned repairs and improvements to Roberts Field, an important environmental and recreational center for generations of Chelmsford and Merrimack Valley families.

Your FY20 Chapter 209 appropriation is an investment in Chelmsford’s environment and in Roberts Field and Friendship Park’s future. I want to thank you and your administration for your leadership and support.

Sincerely,
(Your Name)

For more information please visit RobertsField.org/fund-the-park or send an email to info@robertsfield.org

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