Worcester City Council Preview: Soccer, Mini Lots, & Grafton St. Reconstruction

by | Jun 24, 2019 | Headlines, News

WORCESTER – The Worcester City Council meets tomorrow night, Tuesday, June 25.

Each week, ThisWeekinWorcester.com [TWIW] will provide a preview of the upcoming meeting to help keep readers informed of the on-goings of the city’s governing body.

Each preview will highlight items from the City Council agenda for that week that haven’t already been covered by TWIW.

This week’s preview consists of another push for soccer to be played in the City, mini-parking lots to help crowded neighborhoods, and the City presents the plan for Grafton St. reconstruction.

City Wants to Promote Soccer this Summer

The week’s City Council agenda has two items that aim to promote playing soccer in Worcester.

City Councilor At-Large Gary Rosen is requesting that the Parks and Recreation Committee consider methods to finance more soccer fields in the city.

Mayor Joseph Petty also has an item about soccer — but, off the field. Petty’s agenda item is asking the DPW to look into “portable street soccer set ups for pop-up recreation purposes in our parks.”

One could argue that it’s not the lack of fields in the City — or the lack of soccer set-ups — that kids aren’t playing soccer in Worcester. A simpler solution may be to support efforts like the Worcester World Cup or invest more money into Recreation Worcester to provide a year-round soccer program. 

Lukes has Idea for Mini Lots for Parking in the City

City Councilor At-Large Konnie Lukes is asking the City Manager for a report of land owned by the City to see if these locations can be used for “mini parking lots.”

Lukes is eyeing parcels of City-owned land in crowded neighborhoods and thinks that these mini-lots will help relieve congested parking.

We’re looking forward to hearing more from Councilor Lukes — specifically we want to know if  these lots will be free parking and in what neighborhoods is she hoping to see them installed. 


DPW Commissioner Moosey Provides Update on Grafton St. Improvement Plan

As ThisWeekinWorcester.com reported earlier this month, Grafton St. will be repaved and reconstructed beginning next Spring.

According to the City, the $8.4 million project will be overseen by MassDOT and will include safety and streetscape improvements. The improvements will run from Rice Square to the Washington Square rotary. 

For a full report on the Grafton St. Improvement plan, check out TWIW’s feature from June 13 here. 


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Patrick Sargent is the founder and lead reporter for ThisWeekinWorcester.com. He was born and raised on Grafton Hill and is a graduate of Holy Name high school and Worcester State University. Previous to starting TWIW, he worked as a contributing reporter for the Worcester Sun. Before that, over the course of several years, he had stints with GoLocalWorcester, Worcester Magazine, the Leominster Champion and Fitchburg Pride. He can be contacted at [email protected]