LOWELL, MASS. – TRC Companies, Inc. is proud to congratulate Groundwork Lawrence and the City of Lawrence for earning a 2010 Brownfield Renewal Award in the category of Social Impact for outstanding efforts to transform a contaminated former mill into a 5-acre waterfront park in Lawrence, Mass. This successful redevelopment project has also been awarded the 2011 National Community Development Association Gabe Zimmerman Public Service Award. TRC served as the environmental consultant on the project, contributing to the clean up and redevelopment of the site. The award was presented by Brownfield Renewal Magazine in a ceremony held on April 4, 2011.
Manchester Street Park opened in September 2009 and was jointly developed by the nonprofit organization Groundwork Lawrence, and the City of Lawrence, with extensive input from residents in surrounding neighborhoods. The park, which was once contaminated by mercury, lead and other pollutants from a municipal trash incinerator, is now home to playgrounds, a pavilion, community gardens, open green spaces, and native trees.
“After years of hard work by Groundwork Lawrence, the once contaminated site is now a treasure to the surrounding community,” said Paul Arnold, PE, TRC. “We are proud to have been involved with the effort to transform this area and congratulate Groundwork Lawrence for this well deserved honor.”
Groundwork Lawrence, Inc. is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that has been making change happen in Lawrence, Massachusetts since 2001. Through its environmental and open space improvements, community food programs, youth education and employment initiatives, and community programming and events, Groundwork Lawrence creates the building blocks of a healthy community, and empowers Lawrence residents to improve their quality of life.