Fidelity Bank announced it has pledged $9,000 to support for the restoration of the historic Crocker Field in the City of Fitchburg. The funding is part of a $3.1 million capital campaign to increase equitable access to the field, promote educational and cultural experiences for children and young adults, and positively impact the economic health of Fitchburg’s downtown area.
First built in 1918 on land donated by Alvah Crocker, the field is on the National Register of Historic Places and has served as the hub for outdoor sports and physical education activities for the Fitchburg School System and many other youth sports organizations over the years. In addition to serving as the battleground between the Leominster High School Blue Devils and Fitchburg High School Red Raiders annual Thanksgiving Day game for more than 120 years, the field is also host to Fitchburg Public Schools’ All School Relays, a venue for the Special Olympics, various public ceremonies and the Fitchburg High School graduation ceremony.
“We are grateful to Fidelity Bank for their commitment to helping us enhance the history of Crocker Field with modern amenities, including a multipurpose artificial turf field, new stadium lights and track, among other improvements,” said Richard Kazanjian, president, Crocker Field Restoration Committee.
“Our employees, families, friends, and neighbors have enjoyed participating in games and events over the years at Crocker Field. As part of our LifeDesign promise to be the most caring bank in the community, this donation provides direct value to both our people and the greater community,” said Ed Manzi, Jr., chairman and CEO, Fidelity Bank. “While this donation will support Crocker Field, we know it will add to the ongoing renewal of the city’s Upper Common neighborhood and downtown areas.”
The project is expected to begin in Spring 2024. For more information about the Crocker Field Restoration project, visit www.crockerfield.org.
About Fidelity Bank:
Founded in 1888, Fidelity Bank is one of the strongest independent community banks in Central and Eastern Massachusetts. Celebrating its 20 year anniversary as the brand promise to the community, Fidelity Bank’s unique LifeDesign approach to banking provides the care and clarity needed to make informed decisions with confidence. The Bank offers a range of personal and business banking solutions to clients in 13 full-service banking centers in Leominster, Worcester, Fitchburg, Needham, Gardner, Shirley, Barre, Millbury, Paxton, Princeton, and Winchendon. The Bank has consistently earned a “5 Star” rating from BauerFinancial, Inc., the nation’s leading independent bank rating and research firm. Fidelity Bank was the only bank in Central and Western Massachusetts recognized as one of Forbes “America’s Best Banks in Each State 2022,” in addition to being voted Worcester Telegram & Gazette Best Financial Services in Central Massachusetts and placing on the Boston Globe’s Top Places to Work list six times. As of June 30, 2023, the bank had total assets of approximately $1.4 billion. For more information, visit fidelitybankonline.com.