Summer weather is here and now we can all go to Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) spray decks, playgrounds, and fitness areas, after the agency announced they're all open for public use. The reopening is part of Phase II of the state's reopening plan. According to a press release, DCR will conduct "periodic cleanings of spray decks, playgrounds and fitness areas." Signage has also been posted to provide guidance to visitors on proper use. There are nine DCR-run playgrounds/spray decks/fitness areas in Jamaica Plain:
Amory Playground (Amory Street)
Anson Spalding Street Playground (Spalding Street)
Boynton Hall Street Playground (Hall Street)
Corporal Joseph E. Johnson Playground and Spray Deck (Green Street)
Everett Street Playground (Everett Street)
Lorber Family Playground (Jackson Square)
Mission Hill Deck Playground (Tremont Street)
New Minton Street Playground (New Minton Street)
Stony Brook Playground and Spray Deck (Lamartine Street)
The Johnson Spray Deck also recently got a facelift with picnic benches and soft padding replaced the hard concrete by the spray fountains.
Fifty-year-olds to 90-year-olds play in the Eastern Massachusetts Senior Softball League and registration is now open for the season starting May 1. “I’m about to begin my fourth season in EMASS and I can’t wait to get started. Once the season begins, there's a definite spring in my step and an easy smile on my face as game-day approaches," said Jamaica Plain resident Michael Mauceri. "The men I play against and alongside are easy friends and peers, gentlemen who are well past feeling that we need to prove something, to make an impression. We’ve been there and done that, and now we just want to play ball."
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.
The Boston Slammers, an all-girls baseball travel team made up of girls from across Boston neighborhoods, put up a strong showing at the recent Baseball for All (BFA) National Girls Baseball Tournament in Illinois. Held Aug. 1-4, winning the 13 and Under Championship and placing 3rd and 4th in other age groups. The Slammers sent four teams to the BFA Championships, giving more than 40 girls ages 9-18 the chance to compete against girls teams from across the U.S. and Canada. The Baseball for All Tournament is the largest girls baseball tournament in U.S. history, serving more than 200 girls in different age groups.
The Jamaica Plain Regan Youth League Girls Softball team overcame intense heat and strong competition to capture the 16U Mayors Cup Championship on July 14. The JP team played six games in two days, after defeating defending champs East Boston in the first game. They emerged victorious with a nail-biting 6-5 victory in the championship game over Parkway Girls Softball. In all, four of the five games were decided by a margin of one or two runs, including an exciting walk-off victory that sent Regan League to the finals. “I am proud of the incredible effort and teamwork that the girls showed.