After years as an eyesore, downtown Fall River park is finally ready for renovations

FALL RIVER — It’s been a fenced-in eyesore on South Main Street for years, but the renovation of the tiny, but very visible, Jerry Lawton Memorial Plaza pocket park on South Main Street across from the Fall River Justice Center could finally see its much-needed renovation soon. 


“The contract has been awarded to Century Paving. We have had some fits and starts with trying to get the bids,” said assistant planner Christopher Parayno on Thursday. 


Mayor Paul Coogan earmarked $250,000 in American Rescue Plan Act money to upgrade the park, which is noted in the city’s downtown redevelopment plan. 


Parayno, who oversees the project, said the city has gone out for three different bids on the project. 


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