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Construction to close main entrance of Forest Park in July

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SPRINGFIELD, MA (WGGB/WSHM) -

Finding your way into Springfield’s Forest Park may be a little tougher beginning in July.

The city will close a portion of the main entrance off Sumner Avenue for construction, which means detours for cars, bikers, and runners.

The city said the park will remain open during the construction but prepare for some delays.
 
Forest Park in Springfield is always busy on a summer night from walkers, to bikers, and people just out for an evening stroll.
 
"Love biking through the park, grew up around here.[I] live in Longmeadow now but love to go through the park," said Jim Connery. 
 
The city is going to close the main entrance off Sumner Avenue, beginning in July, to replace a culvert that collapsed last July.

The state will pay $3 million to replace it.
 
The repairs could take several months. During that time,there will be two staffed entrances on Trafton road by Cyr Arena and Route 5 .

If you use the tennis courts, the city said you can still enter through Sumner Avenue because the courts are before the construction area.

"It's going to be unfortunate the neighborhood as well. There's a lot of people that still live back here, so if the cars are parking it will be heavy traffic," said Springfield resident Valeria Hodges. 
 
The city said the farmers market that runs until October will not be disrupted.

"That's why I like coming through here. There's not as much traffic but at certain times of the day, it's busy. People are camping, barbequing, so you got to pick your times," said Connery. 
 
The project is expected to be completed sometime in the fall and the city said they are doing their best to get it done by the time Bright Nights kicks off.

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