Posted on July 29, 2022
Today, State Senator Matt Lesser (D-Middletown) announced that the State Bond Commission has approved funding for two projects Senator Lesser had championed. Senator Lesser worked alongside Senator Norm Needleman (D-Essex) and Representative Christie Carpino (R-Cromwell) to secure funding to expand Pierson Park and to build sidewalks connecting Pierson Park to the Town Hall, Library and Senior Center and Covenant Living.
$1.5 million has been allocated to replace the old public works building, create a multi-use facility, and expand Pierson Park. Pierson Park is home to the State Champion Cromwell and Portland Panthers Football Team and this funding is critical to allowing the team to play home games in 2022 and beyond.
“The bonding allocations will improve recreational opportunities for the entire community,” said Rep. Carpino. “Pierson Park is the home of our state championship Cromwell-Portland Football team as well as the center of many town activities. I applaud the action of the commission for recognizing the importance of this project and appreciated working with my colleagues, Senator Lesser and Senator Needleman, to securing this important funding.”
“This funding may have just saved the state champion Cromwell/Portland Panthers,” said Sen. Lesser. “I’m grateful to my friend Governor Lamont for backing this critical funding for Cromwell. When I brought the issue of allowing the Cromwell / Portland Panthers to continue to play to the Governor’s Chief of Staff, as a football guy himself he understood immediately why this was so important. The upgrades to Pierson Park include improvements to the locker rooms required by CIAC. We’re incredibly proud of our state champions – and hope they continue their successful run.”
“With this funding, the important expansion of Pierson Park will allow for better resources, including for our local students, to better train and perform,” said Sen. Needleman. “It will further support local transportation and accessibility. I’m grateful to the Governor’s office and the State Bond Commission for its consideration of our local community.”
“Thank you to Rep. Carpino and Sen. Lesser for working together on this project,” said Mayor Allan Spotts. “These funds will go a long way to help student athletes as well as to provide another asset to the residents of Cromwell. Town staff and our elected officials were able to work quickly to help our students.”
Also under the bonding agenda, $750,000 is set to be allocated to expand the sidewalks for easier access to the Town Hall, town library, and senior center.