Build Zone Returns – for Kids and Adults!

This month, join us as we host our first ever play event for adults!

Event Details

Saturday, October 13
Roslindale Substation

4228 Washington Street
Roslindale, MA 02131

Build Zone for Kids (FREE)
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Build Zone: Grown-up Edition ($10 Admission)
Featuring Beer from Turtle Swamp Brewing
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Advance tickets available at EventBrite

On October 13 we will host two Build Zone events in the historic Roslindale substation. In the morning, bring your family to our popular Build Zone event for children from 9:00 through noon. Then come back that night from 6:00 through 10:00 for a 21+ version of Build Zone featuring beer from Turtle Swamp Brewing. Admission for the evening event will be $10 per person with beer available for purchase. Advance tickets are available at EventBrite, or pay on the day of the event (cash only, please). Proceeds from the event will support future community play events in Roslindale.

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Words on the Street

Just in time for the first day of school, Roslindale Wants to Play recently completed a custom installation that will provide children at a Boston Public Schools bus stop with an opportunity for creative play while they wait for their bus to arrive. We developed this project, named Words on the Street, as part of the Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics’ Play around the City initiative. By spinning three colorful wheels, students will be prompted with an adjective, a verb, and a noun. Putting the three words together will provide the children with a starting point for imaginative play. They may find themselves pretending to be a clever texting robot, a nervous dancing ostrich, a brave singing dinosaur, or any one of hundreds of other combinations. Words on the Street is located on Archdale Road at the corner of Washington Street, a busy bus stop serving several different BPS bus routes. See below for pictures of the finished installation and our fabrication process. Continue reading

Fallon Field Ribbon Cutting

The city held a ribbon cutting for the playground at Fallon Field this morning during the Mayor’s Neighborhood Coffee Hour. We were happy to have been included in the program, giving us a chance to thank the many people who came together to make the playground renovation happen. This playground has kept the city’s social media teams busy: check out a few of their posts on a few platforms below!

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Community Meeting: Mount Hope Parcel

Last year we reported that the FY17 budget includes a $50,000 allocation to transform a vacant parcel on the corner of Mount Hope Street and Hyde Park Avenue into a small park. This plot of land has officially been transferred from the Department of Neighborhood Development to Boston Parks and Recreation, and now BPRD is seeking input from the community about possible uses for the space. There will be a community meeting on March 28 at 6:30 PM at the Woodbourne Apartments (6 Southbourne Road) to share your ideas.  Continue reading

Pop-Up Build Zone in Roslindale Village!

Join us for an exciting, interactive play event that is popping up in a vacant storefront in Roslindale Village!

The Pop-Up Build Zone, a collaboration between Roslindale Wants to Play and Roslindale Village Main Street, will convert 2 Belgrade Avenue (the old Select Cafe) into a collaborative, community-built ball run. The event will be held from 10 AM – 2 PM on March 18, 19, and 25. Continue reading

Healy Field Design Update

It has been a while since we have posted an update on the design for the upcoming playground renovation at Healy Field. This isn’t entirely unexpected: while the third community meeting was held just over a year ago, we were aware all along that construction would not begin until the renovations at Fallon Field were complete, to ensure that the neighborhood would not lose access to both of its playgrounds simultaneously. Over the course of the last year we have occasionally checked in with Boston Parks and Recreation to make sure that construction is still expected to begin in early spring. While were aware that there would likely be some changes to the plans, we were unsure of how extensive they would be, or whether they would necessitate a fourth community meeting. Continue reading