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Commonwealth Places Campaign Launched to Fund Lighting for Lynn's High Rock Tower

November 27, 2017

$20,000 goal to win matching grant through MassDevelopmentā€™s Commonwealth Places Initiative


Meggie Quackenbush, MassDevelopment, 617-330-2011 & 857-208-2777 (cell)

Jonathan Berk, Patronicity, 617-750-6008

Kim Hopkins, Centerboard, 339-883-1388

High Rock Tower, LynnMassDevelopment and Centerboard, a nonprofit focused on increasing economic opportunity in Lynn, today announced a new campaign for the Lighting Up High Rock Tower project in Lynn through the civic crowdfunding platform Patronicity and the Commonwealth Places initiative. The project aims to illuminate High Rock Tower, a historic, 85-foot structure in the city-owned, 4.5-acre High Rock Tower Reservation. The new lighting will include 48 LED color-changing spotlights, a programmable laser that will allow graphics and messages to be projected on the tower, and lights on the top of the tower that will allow the park to be used at night.

“Lynn has benefited from recent placemaking investment in its downtown, and this project will leverage that momentum by adding another colorful attraction to the city’s assets,” said MassDevelopment President and CEO Lauren Liss. “MassDevelopment is pleased to support this campaign to light High Rock Tower, and we look forward to seeing this underused attraction evolve into a destination for Lynn’s residents and visitors.”

If the campaign reaches its crowdfunding goal of $20,000 by December 31, 2017, at midnight, the project will win a matching grant with funds from MassDevelopment’s Commonwealth Places program. Learn more and donate at

“With the illumination of High Rock Tower, the Lynn community can continue to thrive. The revitalization of this great city will have its own beacon to represent hope, change, and continued safety and growth for our beloved community,” said Mark DeJoie, CEO of Centerboard.

Commonwealth Places is a collaborative initiative from MassDevelopment and Patronicity that leverages public support for placemaking projects through crowdfunding and a matching grant from MassDevelopment. The program engages residents in the development of strategic projects in their towns and cities. In June 2017, MassDevelopment announced $1 million in funding for the second year of the program, which has supported successful campaigns across the Commonwealth, from Northampton to Hyannis. Communities, nonprofits, and other entities can learn more about these successful projects, donate to ongoing campaigns, and apply at

MassDevelopment, the state’s finance and development agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions, and communities to stimulate economic growth across the Commonwealth. During FY2017, MassDevelopment financed or managed 377 projects generating investment of more than $4.3 billion in the Massachusetts economy. These projects are projected to create about 9,488 jobs and build or rehabilitate 1,863 residential units.