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December 20, 2012

Salem, Marblehead awarded state grants for parks and recreation

Artifical turf coming to Salem's Bertram Field; Marblehead will purchase Lead Mills site


“We’ve been nomads. We haven’t had a home site, per se,” Sullivan said. “Opening up Bertram Field with synthetic turf would allow our program to grow and develop.”

Currently, Salem Youth Lacrosse has about 80 kids involved, Sullivan said.

Leaders from each of the seven communities receiving grants attended yesterday’s ceremony at Salem City Hall, including Marblehead Town Administrator Jeff Chelgren and state Sen. Thomas McGee, D-Lynn.

Sullivan awarded a total of $2.7 million in PARC grants yesterday. The program is “near and dear” to Gov. Deval Patrick’s heart, he said.

“At the end of the day these open spaces ... are important to the quality of life in a city or town,” Sullivan said.

Salem High School Athletic Director Scott Connolly was out of the office yesterday afternoon and could not be reached for comment.

Bethany Bray can be reached at and on Twitter @SalemNewsBB.

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