$250k in state budget for Ventura Park rehab

State Senator Linda Dorcena Forry and State Rep. Dan Cullinane are shown in the playground area of Ventura Park.

Ventura Park’s playground equipment and baseball field are about to get a major upgrade, thanks to a $250,000 shot of state funding promoted by two Dorchester legislators.

The money, earmarked by state Rep. Daniel Cullinane and state Sen. Linda Dorcena Forry in the coming year’s budget, will be used to redesign and update the playground and baseball field, which were last renovated over 20 years ago.  “It is always tough to prioritize projects; however, Ventura Park is an asset that has required much needed attention,” said Dorcena Forry.

The field is also home to the Cedar Grove Little League. Because the league’s travel team incorporates players from outside the neighborhood, the Lower Mills park is for many their first impression of Dorchester.

“We look forward to working closely with the community and public officials to arrive at an appropriate design and prudent expenditure of these public funds,” said Charlie Maneikis, president of Cedar Grove league.

While plans for the updated park and baseball diamond are still in the works, Dorcena Forry and Cullinane pledged to work with the Department of Conservation and Recreation, which provided the line-item funding, and members of the community to sketch out the overhaul.

“This is an exciting day for Dorchester and for the countless children and families who take advantage of this wonderful park throughout the year,” said Cullinane.