Hassett has committed $50,000 in CDBG funds to repair and replace sidewalks in the College Hill, Elmhurst, Mt. Pleasant, and Smith Hill neighborhoods. Broken and cracked sidewalks are a constant concern, especially after the long and hard winter we had this year, said Hassett. Repairing sidewalks will make Providence both more walkable and more attractive, which will in turn help promote our many wonderful local businesses.
Hassett also emphasized the importance of Davis Park to the Elmhurst, Mt. Pleasant, and Smith Hill communities. From attending little league games to growing fruits and vegetables in the community gardens, Davis Park is a center of activity for the children and families of this neighborhood, explained Hassett. Im proud to be able to help continue the improvements that will keep Davis Park one of Providences greatest public parks.
Additionally, Hassett, who was injured in a near-fatal hit-and-run accident while crossing the street in 2010, will use CDBG funding to continue his pedestrian safety efforts. New crosswalks will be added along the Chalkstone Avenue, Douglas Avenue, and Smith Street, and speed humps are set to be installed at some of the most dangerous streets and intersections, he explained. Personal experience is always the best teacher, but I do not want anyone to go through what I did to learn that pedestrian safety is a serious issue in Providence.