Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Boston Strong

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Boston Strong

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Boston has long had a park champion in Thomas M. Menino, who worked as the city's longest-serving mayor office from 1993 to 2014. His health declined over the past few years, and during one hospitalization at the city's Rehabilitation Hospital, he noticed an unused parcel of land between the facility and the adjacent Boston Harbor waterfront. When he learned it was city property, he quickly began making plans to convert it into a park.

Boston Parks and the Boston Redevelopment Authority soon enlisted the help of Landscape Structures Inc. (LSI); M.E. O'Brien & Sons; and Spurr, Weston and Sampson's Design Studio to execute the creation of the park. Due to the site's proximity to the hospital and a citywide commitment to going beyond minimum ADA requirements in its public spaces, park officials stressed the importance of accessibility throughout, and the design team gladly accepted the challenge.

When the park opened in fall 2013, excited kids found a number of traditional play elements coupled with innovative design concepts by LSI, and patients at the hospital also found plenty of therapeutic equipment they could use in their rehabilitation. …

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