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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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