Amesbury Receives Grant for Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness

Commonwealth of Massachusetts awards $37,500 for Open Space and Recreation Plan
Mayor Gove MVP announcement ceremony

Mayor Kassandra Gove is proud to announce that the City of Amesbury will receive $37,500 in Fiscal Year 2020 from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness (MVP) Action Grant program. These MVP grant funds will be used to update the City’s Open Space and Recreation Plan.

“It’s exciting that Amesbury will receive funding to research and update our Open Space and Recreation Plan,” stated Mayor Gove. “I was involved in the MVP certification process when I was Executive Director of the Amesbury Chamber of Commerce, and I know how important our open spaces are to Amesbury’s residents. It’s imperative that we put in the work now to ensure that future generations will get to use and enjoy these spaces as we have.”

“Thank you to the State Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs for selecting Amesbury to receive these grant funds – we’re excited as this is our first action grant,” said Tom Barrasso, Director of Amesbury’s Energy and Environmental Affairs department. “I’ll be working closely with a variety of City agencies as well as our partner, BSC Group, to inject climate resiliency into our Open Space and Recreation Plan.  We’ll be looking at how open space plays a role in absorption of water, how water plays a role in our community, among other things.”

The MVP grant program provides support for cities and towns in Massachusetts to begin the process of planning for climate change resiliency and implementing priority projects. The Commonwealth awards communities with funding to complete vulnerability assessments and develop action-oriented resiliency plans. Communities like Amesbury who have completed the MVP program become certified as an MVP community and are eligible for MVP Action grant funding and other opportunities.

“I want to thank you for your continued commitment to ensuring that your community is adapting and building resiliency as the climate changes by taking actionable steps to implement your planning findings,” noted Kara Runsten, Municipal Vulnerability Preparedness Manager for the Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

Amesbury’s Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs will spearhead the effort on the new Open Space and Recreation Plan, in conjunction with the Open Space, Natural Resources and Trails Committee, the Planning Board, the Conservation Commission and interested residents. The City of Amesbury is grateful for the continued support of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, as well as the support from Senator DiZoglio and Representative Kelcourse on all of our projects.