First Public Meeting: Healy Field Renovations

On Monday, October 19, the Parks Department held its first public meeting to discuss the upcoming renovations to the playground at Healy Field. As we have previously written, this park’s location and size make it perhaps the most important site for active recreation in Roslindale. Continue reading

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What’s New with Roslindale Wants to Play

Yesterday’s neighborhood coffee hour at Fallon Field gave us a great chance to acknowledge the city’s response to our advocacy and to think about what we still have left to do.

Playground Renovations at Fallon and Healy

Progress continues on the playground renovation at Fallon Field, with some possible modifications to the design under consideration. The results of the geological survey have revealed that the elevation change from the top of the embankment to the bottom is larger than expected. To us, this is welcome news, as we had previously suggested that the proposed four foot embankment would limit opportunities for challenging play features. We are expecting a fourth public meeting, likely at the end of June, to discuss modifications to the design made in response to both community feedback and the results of the survey. Continue reading

FY16 Budget Recommendations

Today the Mayor’s office released its FY16 recommended budget. As the first budget primarily developed under Mayor Walsh as well as the first budget since Chris Cook was named Parks Commissioner, this recommendation provides us a unique glimpse into the city’s plans for the future of its park system. Most important to our efforts are the updated capital plan, which covers the five year span from 2016 to 2020, and the Parks Department’s capital budget. Here’s what is planned for Roslindale’s playgrounds, as well as a little bit of insight into how the Parks Department will operate over the next five years. Continue reading

The Need for Playground Updates at Healy Field

In our original report on the state of Roslindale’s playgrounds, we demonstrated the neighborhood’s clear need for more and better playgrounds. Here we describe the importance of improvements to Healy Field specifically. Healy Playground is a woefully substandard playground located in a dense and economically disadvantaged neighborhood.  Although the city is slated to renovate Fallon Field playground within the next few years, there is currently no timetable for playground improvements at Healy Field. While this wait is due to the Parks Department’s normal renovation schedule, we believe that the need for these improvements is just as urgent. Continue reading