Portland St. located in Haverhill, MA an inner city neighborhood, contains a play lot that today looks pretty much deserted.
Surrounded by more than 70 homes and families, Portland St. playground is the primary respite for children in the area. Children of all ages, do not frequent the park today it is barren.
Team Haverhill a nonprofit organization, made up of concerned residents and volunteers are working together with the city and other community groups to gain funding and support for the renovations needed to revitalize what once had been an oasis for inner city children.
After, it’s annual “Possible Dreams” meeting in February of 2013; when residents of the city are invited to suggest goals and brain storm ideas Team Haverhill will work toward. Hoping to succeed in the dream of rejuvenating Portland St. playground; one of 2013’s tasks the team believed was “possible.” The civic group focus’ positive changes for those who have invested their lives in the city and their children’s futures by establishing homes in area, and together developed a plan of action.
“Team Haverhill is an independent, volunteer action group dedicated to making Haverhill a better place to live, learn, work and play.”
Matching dollar for dollar every financial investment the city and its businesses make, canvassing the neighborhood to become aware of the needs Portland St. families view as important to their community. Creating events to bring families back together, compiling a list of amenities parents hope to see built inside the play area and instilling hope in the future face lift of the playground was only a small part of their plan of action for the park.
The Portland St. Playground project is now in the final stages. Adopting the proposal of volunteers who surveyed neighbors, safety being first and foremost; lighting and security cameras in a decent, clean and (don’t forget fun) area is all they hoped for.
Team Haverhill reached out for help on a national level. And, this week another nonprofit, called “Kaboom” makes its decision to help with funding for the Portland St. playground project. Families and individuals of every make and model have their fingers crossed for some good news. If funding is granted the project is a ‘go” for this fall.
Let’s keep the hope alive for these inner city children and their families. Contacting the team, or hitting any of the links included in this article would take only a moment to show support of this “possible dream.”