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Peabody to update walkways around middle school

Peabody plans to install a new recreational path and upgrade sidewalks in the vicinity of its new J. Henry Higgins Middle School with the help of state funding.

The path will run along Perkins Street from the middle school to Emerson Park. From Fay Avenue to Lowell Street, the existing sidewalks along Perkins Street will be reconstructed, and wheelchair ramps will be installed.

The city was awarded a $399,820 state Complete Streets grant to fund the construction.

Peabody was among 24 communities selected to receive a combined $7 million in the most recent round of the program, which supports local projects offering safe and accessible options for all travel modes.


Peabody is responsible for the design cost, yet to be determined.

“This aptly named Complete Streets award enables us to construct a fully accessible path that will run along a number of recreational venues, including our outdoor ice skating rink, the new dog park, the Peabody Skate Park, James Street Park, Emerson Park, and the new Public Safety Memorial,” Mayor Ted Bettencourt said in a statement.

The project is set to be designed this fall. Construction, scheduled to take place next spring, will take about three months.

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, state Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver, and Bettencourt were among those on hand at an event at Peabody City Hall at which the grants were announced.

John Laidler can be reached at laidler@globe.com.