The City of Brockton recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the re-opening of the James Edgar Playground. Named for a well-known Brockton businessman and philanthropist who dedicated his life to enhancing the lives of children, the park has another connection to a well-known Brockton resident. This 7-acre park is located across the street from where the great boxer, Rocky Marciano, grew up and includes the very fields where the former heavyweight champion achieved his athletic prowess.
Surely different than in the days when Rocky was developing into an elite athlete, the James Edgar Playground now features a new skateboard park, a splash pad, volleyball courts, a futsol court and a new basketball court to suit the current desires and interests of Brockton’s young residents.
Beals and Thomas, Inc. worked with various municipal departments as well as the Brockton Redevelopment Authority to develop the park’s redesign, conducted a public meeting to gather input from neighbors and city officials, prepared construction documentation and provided construction administration services.
The renovations were funded partly by a Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) Grant issued by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, as well as, a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and demonstrated the successful collaboration of federal, state and local government to achieve a worthwhile goal.