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

That’s a Big Slide. Is it Safe?

dsc_0663If you’ve been at the corner of Walter and Walworth, you are undoubtedly aware of the new slide looming above the soon-to-open playground at Fallon Field. It’s a big slide, possibly the highest in the Boston area. We hear a lot of feedback about both that slide and the whole playground design. While the majority of the comments are extremely positive, we also hear some questions about safety. Balancing safety and risk in playgrounds is an important discussion that is happening across the country; in this post we weigh in with our thoughts on risk and why we advocated for such challenging elements at this playground. Continue reading

Path to Better Play at Sumner School

There has been quite a bit of play-related progress at the Charles Sumner School recently that we are excited to share. But before getting into the details, mark your calendar for a Sumner School play space visioning session this Sunday, October 23, 2016 at 1 pm in the community room at Roslindale House. We are pleased to announce that this session will be led by representatives from the Boston Society of Architects, a recent (and welcome) addition to the Sumner design team we had assembled last year.

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Coming Soon to Roslindale: PlayForm 7

It has been an exciting two weeks for Roslindale Wants to Play with our submissions to KaBOOM!’s Play Everywhere Challenge and the well-attended Walk the Wall at Allandale Woods. Today there is more good news for play in Roslindale. We are excited to announce that Playworld, a leading design-manufacturer of play equipment, in conjunction with Design Museum Boston, will be donating its new PlayForm 7 to the city and it will be permanently located at Pagel Playground starting in September. Continue reading