James Lombardi delivered moving remarks about the history of the park and his grandfather’s immigration to Barrington from Italy in 1924.
Salvatore Lombardi worked at the Barrington Brickyard and became a skilled stone mason. He and his wife Josephine settled in Barrington and with their family grew a construction and real estate development business. Lombardi park was donated by Salvatore Lombardi, Jr., Anthony Lombardi and Joseph Lombardi. in 2004. The site includes Little Echo Lake, where many members of the Lombardi family swam in their youth. It is also near the site of a bygone ice house.
A stone bench, stone steps and a bike rack were installed through the efforts of the Land Trust, the Trails Team and the Town of Barrington. The CVS Caremark Charitable Trust and BLCT donors funded the project.
Nearly 50 guests in all attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony, including Town Council President June Speakman, Janet Coit, Director of the state Department of Environmental Management, state Rep. Joy Hearn and James Campagna of CVS Caremark.
The 3 acre park overlooks Little Echo Lake and is accessible through the East Bay Bike Path.