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

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Designer unveils proposals for Sumner School Playground

Today, Icon Parks Design, the landscape architecture firm selected by the Boston Facilities Department to design the new play spaces at the the Charles Sumner Elementary School, unveiled three site proposals. This marks a major milestone for the Sumner, which has been undergoing more limited playground expansion planning for several years and endured arson of its previous play structure in 2015.  All three proposals envision a major expansion of the play area via redesigns of four outdoor spaces in the schoolyard:

  • The main play area behind the school, the site of the previous play structure
  • The side lot adjacent to the kindergarten classrooms, currently in use as a paved play area
  • The underused evacuation pathway to Cummins Highway
  • The small yards adjacent to the main entrance, which will be redesigned as “pocket” play areas

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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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