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PHOTOS: East End Peabody Veterans Memorial Park

The park is complete, save for one last detail.

The city's newest park over at 45 Walnut St. is now open to the public. And by any standard, the final product is a complete transformation of the overgrown, trash-strewn vacant lot that used to sit there.

City officials readily labeled it an "eyesore" in the downtown, the polluted lot (a brownfield) still a visible reminder of the tanning business that once operated there more than 20 years ago.

The new recreational spot is offically called East End Peabody Veterans Memorial Park, in tribute to the numerous war veterans who have lived in that part of the city.

Community Development Director Karen Sawyer says an official grand opening or ribbon cutting ceremony may be held in the spring. The last detail that still needs to be added to the park is a plaque declaring the official name, Sawyer said.

The plaque will be installed on a large rock that, for now, has the name etched into one side.

The park is readily accessible from Walnut Street and a wooden ramp system was installed in the rear corner of the lot to connect to Wallis Street, along with a viewing deck to just stay a while and enjoy the scenery.

Both Mayor Ted Bettencourt and his predecessor Michael Bonfanti have touted the project as a key piece in the effort to revitalize Downtown Peabody.

Scroll through the photo gallery here or stop by and check it out yourself if you're in the area.

There are benches, a couple tables with weather-proof game board installed, a walking path around the perimeter of the park, a handicap accessible ramp and the viewing deck.

Kristin Cafarelli January 15, 2013 at 08:23 PM
my husband and i were walking the dog last week and stumbled upon this park. it is really beautiful, and we can't wait to see what it looks like in the Spring when the grass grows in and the trees bloom. We should have more parks like this in the city. Right now, it's such a sad place to walk around with abandoned buildings and empty store fronts everywhere you turn.
Saber Walsh January 15, 2013 at 11:46 PM
This park was completed when the bleakness of winter was beginning to settle in -- it will get better. What will be interesting is how the local critters will treat this public space. Not the four legged variety with rabies, but the two legged variety with gangwear!

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