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    Mayor to convert farm into community area

    Mayor James J. Fiorentini has announced plans to improve the Tattersall Farm at 542 North Broadway, 150 acres willed to the city of Haverhill in 1999 by Alice Tattersall. Her will imposed specific conservation and open space preservation restrictions on the land. The city, together with the Tattersall Farm Charitable Trust, is committed to developing the farm as a place that connects the city’s residents to nature. To that end, the mayor’s plan calls for a playground to be built on the property, which will include a water component, as well as an outdoor learning area and expanded trails. Educational signs and additional parking also will be added. The goal of the project, according to the mayor’s office, is to increase the available space on the farm and adequately provide for the public’s agricultural use of the land. The cost of the project is expected to be about $572,000. The state will cover 68 percent of that, or $388,960, through its Parkland Acquisition and Renovations grant program. An additional $50,000 is coming from the Tattersall Charitable Trust, with the city footing the remainder of the bill. The Tattersall family had owned and operated the farm since 1898. “Investing in land conservation and the improvement of public parks is a key priority of the Patrick-Murray administration, especially in our Gateway Cities, like Haverhill,” Richard K. Sullivan Jr., secretary of the state Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, said in a written statement. “This project will not only contribute to the economic well-being of Haverhill, but it will help residents discover what nature has to offer right in their own backyards. It is a perfect example of the strategic investments that the governor believes we need to make as a Commonwealth in order to help Haverhill grow and be a great place to live, work, and play.”