City Names Lindsey Santana New Neighborhood Liaison for Jamaica Plain

The city recently named Lindsey Santana as the new neighborhood liaison for Jamaica Plain. “I am very excited to be appointed as the Jamaica Plain liaison by Mayor Walsh,” said Santana via press release. “We are both passionate about helping people and I cannot think of a better way to help the people of Jamaica Plain than by serving as their neighborhood liaison. Their sense of community and dedication to making the city a better place is what drives them and I look forward to working with them.”

The neighborhood liaison serves as the primary contact for constituents and businesses looking to connect with the Mayor's Office. The liaison facilitates services in collaboration with city departments.

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Check Out The Improvements to Jamaica Pond Thanks to The Pathways Project

The city is celebrating the $4.7 million in improvements to the pathways and perimeter to Jamaica Pond on Nov. 23 -- and if you haven't seen it yet -- check out the photos. Mayor Marty Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will be celebrating the culmination of the Jamaica Pond Pathways Project at noontime. The improvements include increased accessibility, new benches, new trees, new exercise equipment, upgrades to pathways and entrances, as well as improved drainage to protect water quality. During the ceremony the Jamaica Pond Boathouse will be named in honor of Christine Cooper.

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City to Replace Pagel Field Turf After JP Youth Soccer Petition

Pagel Field on Hyde Park Avenue is one of the most used fields in Boston, and that use has made the artificial terrain unsafe, according to an online petition. In response to the petition, the city will be doing a full turf replacement. "The artificial turf on the field desperately needs to be replaced. It is significantly worn down and there are health and safety concerns with children playing on a field in such a state of neglect. Replacing the surface with new turf will provide a safer and better soccer experience for children in our community," reads the change.org petition.

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Boston Public Library Eliminates All Youth Card Fines

Wanting to remove barriers and access to the Boston Public Library system, the BPL Board of Trustees unanimously voted to eliminate overdue fines for all youth younger than 18. “We are proud to be joining the ranks of libraries across the country who are moving towards being fine-free,” said BPL President David Leonard via press release. “Too often, fines penalize those least able to afford them and have the unintended effect of turning young people, in particular, away from their libraries. That’s just not what ‘Free To All’ should mean in the 21st century. Eliminating youth fines reflects core values of the BPL -- to be accessible, to be welcoming, and to ensure we are promoting youth reading, not preventing it.”

The BPL joins a growing number of public libraries, albeit only five percent of public libraries according to a Library Journey survey, that do not charge late fines for youth.

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Photos: Parkman Playground Debuts with Splash Pad, Mini Hoop Area, Picnic Shelter and More

There's no way the Francis Parkman Playground looked like this back in 1924 when it first opened. The city recently finished a $1.7 million renovation of the playground on Wachusett Street, and it's got some pretty darn cool features like a splash pad with a runnel, an adult size basketball court and a mini-basketball hoop for the little ones (please bigger kids, don't hang on the rim), and an embankment slide. The new playground has an inclusive play structure and springers for children ages 2 to 5, and a large inclusive climbing structure for ages 5 to 12. There's also a shaded and covered picnic shelter, a water fountain with a drinking bottle refiller, an exercise station, as well new seats and benches, LED lighting, trees, plantings, and a dish swing. The city will be celebrating the reopening of the playground on Aug.

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