A dog area will be included in the upcoming renovations to the Flaherty Playground. An email from Boston Parks and Recreation project manager said that after community meetings, it was determined that a dog area should be included in the new redesign. The community process included a survey released after a Sept. 13 meeting, which was filled out by 1,143 people. Of the respondents, 79% were in favor of dog park, 91% included their home address and 89% were from Jamaica Plain.
There is no official dog park in Jamaica Plain. Residents have been howling barking asking for one for many years. With its redesign of Flaherty Playground, the city is asking residents to voice their opinion of whether there should be a fenced-in dog run at the soon-to-be renovated spot. The city is asking residents to take a survey to tell the city if you would like a fenced-in dog run at Flaherty Playground by clicking here. The survey will be available for two weeks starting Sept.
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.
The Boston Parks and Recreation Department is hosting a virtual community meeting on Jan. 20 to discuss plans to renovate the Flaherty Playground. The Flaherty Playground is a hidden gem on Cornwall Street with two age appropriate playgrounds with swing sets, and there's a blacktop to ride scooters and bikes. Parks and Recreation wants to hear from the community as to their needs and experiences with the playground. How is the park used?
There are a total of 16 playgrounds in Jamaica Plain managed by either Massachusetts' Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) or the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. So how accessible are all of them? The 16 playgrounds have varied features including age-based play structures, splash pads, spray decks, athletic fields, swings, a sandbox, and more. Currently, DCR is assessing opportunities to make improvements at their agency-managed playgrounds across the Commonwealth. In Jamaica Plain, DCR manages nine sites that include playgrounds, spray decks, benches, gardens, and sport courts.