Department of Public Infrastructure crews are busy this week putting down a new artificial surface at the soccer field at Riverside Park in the North End. Mayor Jon Mitchell says the upgrade is costing the city $246,000 but he says Riverside Park is worth it.

"Lots of open space in a densely populated neighborhood that has water views, its a really good amenity for the city and that's why we're taking charge and building it up, said Mitchell.

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The city is working with R-A-D Sports of Rockland, Massachusetts on the project. Officials say encapsulated rubber from the old field will be recycled and used on the new surface. The work is expected to be completed by the end of the month.

Parks and Recreation Director Mary Raposa says the Riverside Park field is always in demand. "Because of its popularity it was starting to show some wear and this upgrade was really needed."

Raposa added, "soocer fields are always in demand in New Bedford, and we are working to see that the demand is addressed." D-P-I is also upgrading the soccer field at Brooklawn Park.