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New Florence athletic fields project moves forward

  • Northampton Mayor David Narakewicz speaks at the groundbreaking for the Florence Recreation Fields on Wednesday. A site plan for the project is in background.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Northampton Mayor David Narakewicz speaks at the groundbreaking for the Florence Recreation Fields on Wednesday. A site plan for the project is in background.
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  • Northampton Ward 7 City Councilor Eugene Tacy, gesturing, acknowledges the contribution of Northampton Recreation Commission representative James Durfer (not pictured) during the groundbreaking for the Florence Recreation Fields on Wednesday. Joining Tacy are, from left, Northampton Recreation Department director Ann-Marie Moggio, state representative Peter Kocot, Northampton Ward 6 City Councilor Marianne LaBarge and Northampton Recreation Commission chair Tom Parent.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Northampton Ward 7 City Councilor Eugene Tacy, gesturing, acknowledges the contribution of Northampton Recreation Commission representative James Durfer (not pictured) during the groundbreaking for the Florence Recreation Fields on Wednesday. Joining Tacy are, from left, Northampton Recreation Department director Ann-Marie Moggio, state representative Peter Kocot, Northampton Ward 6 City Councilor Marianne LaBarge and Northampton Recreation Commission chair Tom Parent.
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  • Northampton Recreation Department director Ann-Marie Moggio hands out shovels for the official groundbreaking for the Florence Recreation Fields on the site of the former Bean and Allard Farms at Spring and Meadow streets on Wednesday. Behind her are, from left, state representative Peter Kocot, Northampton city councilors Eugene Tacy and Marianne LaBarge and Northampton mayor David Narkewicz. <br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Northampton Recreation Department director Ann-Marie Moggio hands out shovels for the official groundbreaking for the Florence Recreation Fields on the site of the former Bean and Allard Farms at Spring and Meadow streets on Wednesday. Behind her are, from left, state representative Peter Kocot, Northampton city councilors Eugene Tacy and Marianne LaBarge and Northampton mayor David Narkewicz.
    KEVIN GUTTING Purchase photo reprints »

  • Northampton mayor David Narkewicz, left, and state representative Peter Kocot chat following the groundbreaking for the Florence Recreation Fields on Wednesday. The project is sited on the former Bean and Allard farms at the corner of Spring and Meadow streets.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Northampton mayor David Narkewicz, left, and state representative Peter Kocot chat following the groundbreaking for the Florence Recreation Fields on Wednesday. The project is sited on the former Bean and Allard farms at the corner of Spring and Meadow streets.
    KEVIN GUTTING Purchase photo reprints »

  • Northampton Recreation Department director Ann-Marie Moggio, left, state representative Peter Kocot, Northampton director of Planning and Development Wayne Feiden, back to camera, and Northampton Recreation Commission representative James Durfer, right, join other officials in breaking ground for the Florence Recreation Fields on Wednesday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Northampton Recreation Department director Ann-Marie Moggio, left, state representative Peter Kocot, Northampton director of Planning and Development Wayne Feiden, back to camera, and Northampton Recreation Commission representative James Durfer, right, join other officials in breaking ground for the Florence Recreation Fields on Wednesday.
    KEVIN GUTTING Purchase photo reprints »

  • Northampton Ward 7 City Councilor Eugene Tacy speaks last October at the groundbreaking for the Florence Recreation Fields on the site of the former Bean and Allard Farms at Spring and Meadow streets.

    Northampton Ward 7 City Councilor Eugene Tacy speaks last October at the groundbreaking for the Florence Recreation Fields on the site of the former Bean and Allard Farms at Spring and Meadow streets. Purchase photo reprints »

  • Northampton mayor David Narkewicz, left, and state representative Peter Kocot chat following the groundbreaking for the Florence Recreation Fields on Wednesday. The project is sited on the former Bean and Allard farms at the corner of Spring and Meadow streets.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

    Northampton mayor David Narkewicz, left, and state representative Peter Kocot chat following the groundbreaking for the Florence Recreation Fields on Wednesday. The project is sited on the former Bean and Allard farms at the corner of Spring and Meadow streets.
    KEVIN GUTTING Purchase photo reprints »

  • Northampton Mayor David Narakewicz speaks at the groundbreaking for the Florence Recreation Fields on Wednesday. A site plan for the project is in background.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Northampton Ward 7 City Councilor Eugene Tacy, gesturing, acknowledges the contribution of Northampton Recreation Commission representative James Durfer (not pictured) during the groundbreaking for the Florence Recreation Fields on Wednesday. Joining Tacy are, from left, Northampton Recreation Department director Ann-Marie Moggio, state representative Peter Kocot, Northampton Ward 6 City Councilor Marianne LaBarge and Northampton Recreation Commission chair Tom Parent.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Northampton Recreation Department director Ann-Marie Moggio hands out shovels for the official groundbreaking for the Florence Recreation Fields on the site of the former Bean and Allard Farms at Spring and Meadow streets on Wednesday. Behind her are, from left, state representative Peter Kocot, Northampton city councilors Eugene Tacy and Marianne LaBarge and Northampton mayor David Narkewicz. <br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Northampton mayor David Narkewicz, left, and state representative Peter Kocot chat following the groundbreaking for the Florence Recreation Fields on Wednesday. The project is sited on the former Bean and Allard farms at the corner of Spring and Meadow streets.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Northampton Recreation Department director Ann-Marie Moggio, left, state representative Peter Kocot, Northampton director of Planning and Development Wayne Feiden, back to camera, and Northampton Recreation Commission representative James Durfer, right, join other officials in breaking ground for the Florence Recreation Fields on Wednesday.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING
  • Northampton Ward 7 City Councilor Eugene Tacy speaks last October at the groundbreaking for the Florence Recreation Fields on the site of the former Bean and Allard Farms at Spring and Meadow streets.
  • Northampton mayor David Narkewicz, left, and state representative Peter Kocot chat following the groundbreaking for the Florence Recreation Fields on Wednesday. The project is sited on the former Bean and Allard farms at the corner of Spring and Meadow streets.<br/>KEVIN GUTTING

The work was funded by a Massachusetts Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) grant and Northampton Community Preservation Act dollars. The ceremony marked the start of phase II, the construction of the ball fields and other amenities.

The Trust For Public Land worked with the city under an agreement to conserve the farmland for recreation, conservation and agriculture as well as a community garden for Northampton residents.

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