State government is stepping up to save what some call  "The Heart of New Bedford.' 

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Secretary of Environemtnal Affairs Rick Sullivan Tuesday announced a $500,000 grant to help preserve the six acre Allen Haskell property off Shawmut Avenue.

 Allen Haskell, a famed horticulturalist, died in 2004. 

The property will become an urban park, complete with greenhouses, historic homes, landscapped gardens and open space. 

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Allen's widow, Ellie is excited about the future of the property....

New Bedford will also contribute to the project by donating city owned land, and $100,000 in Community Development funding.