Officials marked the beginning of the long-anticipated Short Beach project, spanning Revere and Winthrop, at a recent ceremony on the site of the $3.5 million project.
While the project began in earnest earlier this summer, officials had their official beginning on Aug. 26th.
â€œHaving $3.5 million invested at Short Beach will certainly improve greatly the communities of Revere and Winthrop,â€ said Richard Sullivan, director of the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR). â€œThis is one that is an important project because it will enhance public safety and will also be a rehabilitation of the seawall.â€
The improvement project includes widened sidewalks, new street lighting and a new parking lot with improved access to the beach. The project also includes replacement beach ramps, new beach seating, showers and bike racks as well as a new pathway connection to Belle Isle Marsh Reservation.
Sullivan said he is very excited about the new pathway connection to Belle Isle.
â€œOne of the most exciting parts of the project to me is the new pathway that will be the connection to Belle Isle Marsh,â€ he said. â€œI have to thank the Friends of Belle Isle Marsh for their support of this project an their support of the reservation.â€
House Speaker Bob DeLeo (D – Winthrop) – who was instrumental in securing funding for the project – was proud to attend the DCR Short Beach Improvements Project Groundbreaking Ceremony.
He said the $3.5 million project promises to revitalize Short Beach, making the coastline safer and more accessible to beachgoers.
â€œWe as members of state government have a responsibility to maintain the shoreline of Winthrop and Revere, to keep the beaches safe, beautiful and attractive to the people who live here and deserve to enjoy a picturesque shoreline,â€ DeLeo said. â€œWe in Winthrop and Revere are truly fortunate to live beside the Harbor. Now, with these improvements, it will be easier and safer to enjoy a day at the beach. Those in our communities deserve no less.â€
Revere Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein (D-Revere) said she was excited to see the project finally beginning.
â€œIâ€™m thrilled that this project is underway and I look forward to Short Beach being an even more attractive beach destination for those in Revere for years to come,â€ said Reinstein. â€œIâ€™d like to thank the Department of Conservation and Recreation for its dedication to this project that will greatly benefit those in the city of Revere.â€
Said Sen. Anthony Petruccelli (D-East Boston), â€œI am pleased to see the advancement of this much needed and anticipated improvement project. This is further evidence of the strong commitment the Patrick administration has made to our neighborhoods.â€
Joining the others at the groundbreaking were Revere Mayor Tom Ambrosino and Winthrop Town Manager James M. McKenna.