City proposes $1.7 million renovation of Parkman Playground

The City is proposing a $1.7 million renovation of the Francis Parkman Playground on Wachusett Street, according to Boston Parks and Recreation Department spokesperson Ryan Woods.

The project is in the initial stages with the City collecting input from local residents, most recently during a community meeting on March 16. Woods said that construction is expected to start in the fall with a ribbon cutting happening in the spring.

Nathan Frazee, a BPDA project manager who attended the community meeting, said that there is currently two large structures at the playground divided by age groups: One for children between 2 years old and 5 years old and another for children between 5 years old and 12 years old. He said that the plan is to replace those worn and dated structures with new ones and possibly add a water play feature. Frazee also said that there is currently wooded mulch at the playground and the plan is to replace that with a rubber surface.

The City will host a second community on the renovation on April 27 at 86 Wachusett St., starting at 6:30 p.m. Frazee said that BPRD will present three design options for the renovation at the meeting.

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