Earlier this year, Senator Diana DiZoglio submitted a request to earmark $100,000 in State funds for Lake Gardner. The Senator reached out to Mayor Gove to ask where Amesbury could use some financial assistance, and we asked for funding to continue to make improvements at Lake Gardner Beach. Governor Baker has signed the FY22 budget, which means these funds have been approved and will be coming to Amesbury.
Senator DiZoglio said, “Lake Gardner’s beach and trails play a crucial role in keeping the community healthy, both mentally and physically, and were especially key during the pandemic, when we saw significant increase in the use of these recreational areas. These funds will go a long way to ensuring Amesbury’s open spaces remain accessible to all residents and visitors. Thank you to Mayor Gove and all local elected officials, stakeholders and residents for your advocacy, which was so critical to getting this investment across the finish line.”
The funds will be used for parking lot and curb improvements, as well as providing better access to the Beach for disabled visitors. We expect to receive the funds later this year.
Mayor Gove is grateful to Senator DiZoglio for her work getting this funding for our community. “Amesbury’s open spaces are an integral part of our identity, and Lake Gardner is one of our most important natural assets. This funding from the state would allow us to make necessary improvements for accessibility and overall access for our residents. We are grateful to Senator Diana DiZoglio for her continued advocacy for Amesbury, and look forward to working with her to bring the funds to Amesbury.”
Lake Gardner is an asset to our community, and these funds will help us continue in our goal to improve this space for everyone to use.
“As Amesbury’s District 4 City Council representative, ensuring the ongoing improvement of Lake Gardner Beach has been a priority of mine for quite some time,” said Amesbury City Council Vice President Nicholas Wheeler. “My thanks to Senator DiZoglio, Mayor Gove and their respective teams for recognizing the need for continued investment, and for helping to secure these much-needed funds for our community beach. It’s my hope that these funds can help us restore this treasured public facility for the continued enjoyment of future generations.”