Gov. Deval Patrick was in Somerville Wednesday to celebrate the opening of Sylvester Baxter Riverfront Park along the Mystic River.
The 6.1 acre park, in front of the $340 million Assembly Row development project, includes a new dock, an amphitheater, pathways, new landscaping and views of the river.
Federal Realty Investment Trust, the developers of Assembly Row, funded the $3.5 million park renovation.
Speaking at Wednesday's ribbon-cutting ceremony, Patrick said the new park and Assembly Row project are examples of state, local and federal governments partnering with the private sector to spark economic growth.
Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone said the park represented "the riverfront our community has always deserved."
After the ceremony, members of the public enjoyed hot dogs, ice cream, popcorn, live music and games.
Those who didn't make it to Wednesday's event will have the opportunity to check out the new park on Saturday during the sixth annual Riverfest, which will feature food trucks, live bands, children's activities, a market and fireworks. It's from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., and the fireworks begin at 8 p.m. Last year 5,000 people attended the festival, according to an announcement from Assembly Row.
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