Nira Rock to get $30k in improvements

HYDE SQ.—Jamaica Plain’s urban wild, Nira Rock, is slated to receive $30,000 in improvements this summer.

The work is expected to take place by August, and will include an expansion of the park, a new seating area, new stairs leading up the hill, new fencing and new plantings.

“The Boston Parks and Recreation Department is very enthusiastic about the work to be done,” Boston Parks and Recreation Department spokesperson Jacquelyn Goddard said. “We appreciate what Friends of Nira Rock have done to maintain the site, raise money for improvements, and act as caretakers of the property.”

Nira Rock is a city-owned but privately maintained—by the Friends of Nira Rock— wooded area off Nira Avenue.

The Arcola Street entrance to the park will be expanded to include an adjacent, currently vacant lot, which will be cleaned up and turned into a handicapped-accessible seating area.

“This work will allow people who are handicapped to experience the park, since they will be now able to get onto the hilly property and have a place to sit and relax,” Goddard said.

The work is being funded by the City, a private donor, and a grant from a nonprofit, Goddard said.

The work will also include removing old rusted fencing and asphalt surfacing from the new lot as well as adding a bench around a mature oak tree at the new entry point.

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