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    Upgrades underway at Salem’s McGlew Park

    McGlew Park is receiving a significant upgrade through a project Salem recently began with the help of state and federal funds. Located on North Street between Oakland Street and Cressey Avenue in north Salem, the park is closed while the renovations are completed. McGlew Park is named in honor of Army Corporal Robert McGlew, a Salem native killed in the Battle of Iwo Jima during World War II and posthumously awarded a Purple Heart. The project includes the planting of a prominent line of trees along the entrance to guide visitors to the park. An existing veterans’ monument will be relocated to a commemorative masonry wall at the entrance. Improvements will be made to the softball field, basketball court, and the street hockey court, which will be replaced with modern, accessible play equipment. Other improvements will include a new accessible walking path around the lower areas of the park. The $686,461 project is being funded through the city’s Community Preservation Act revenues and regular capital improvement funds; a state grant; and a federal Community Development Block Grant.


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