Waterbury is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony Wednesday afternoon for a new park on a blighted property the Waterbury Police Activity League (PAL) purchased.
The park includes four basketball courts, a 200-foot baseball field, walking path and concessions stand and their are plans for an ADA compliant playground, according to Lt. Daniel T. Lauer, director of Waterbury's Blight Task Force.
Waterbury's PAL bought a "blighted and contaminated former industrial complex" on 2.2 acres of land across from PAL's Division Street headquarters, Lauer said in a news release.
"Through numerous strategic partnerships in conjunction with grant awards from the EPA, HUD, the American Savings Foundation, the Gregory Spagnoletti Memorial Foundation, along with numerous private donations, PAL has transformed this location into an urban oasis," Lauer said in the news release.
PAL's board and members, Waterbury Mayor Neil O'Leary, Sen. Chris Murphy (D-Connecticut), Director Curt Spalding of EPA Region 1, Department of Energy and Environmental Protection Commissioner Rob Klee and other community members are scheduled to attend the event.
More information on Waterbury PAL is available on the group's website.