Flaherty Playground Renovations Meeting #2

This is the second meeting led by the Boston Parks and Recreation Department to renovate the Flaherty Playground. The Parks and Rec design team will share feedback they received at the first meeting and through a follow-up survey, as well as some preliminary/conceptual designs for where certain activities and programs can be located in the new park design. There will also be a Q&A session. This is a virtual meeting. Join the Zoom meeting:  bit.ly/Flaherty2 

Parents and Parks and Rec Department Work to Keep Toys at Tot Lot

If you're a parent with young children in Jamaica Plain you probably know about the Brewer Street Tot Lot. It's a great playground with swings, a bouncy seesaw, a structure with slides, benches and tables, and even a permanent sandbox. Before the pandemic, it was full of toys dropped off by community members, but after a public health emergency was declared, the city removed the toys. Seeing the toys be removed was hard for parents to see, particularly the beloved roller cars and tracks. As time went on during the last two years, parents wondered when would the city allow toys to be brought back by residents.


South Street Mall Getting Makeover with Pickleball Courts, Water Fountain & More

The South Street Mall is in the midst of a facelift that includes new basketball hoops , LED lighting, and the installation of a drinking fountain. The courts are being resurfaced and repainted to include a total of six pickleball courts as seen in the graphic below. The two tennis nets and two basketball hoops will remain at the mall, said Liz Sullivan, Director of External Affairs and Marketing for the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. The lights are being upgraded to LED, and a drinking fountain that includes a bottle filling option has already been installed. Sullivan said the courts should be completed early April, and then the city will come back early May when the weather allows for the court painting.