For Immediate Release
July 10, 2014
Parks and Recreation
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Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will celebrate the reopening of the Billings Field playground at 369 LaGrange Street in West Roxbury on Saturday, July 26, at 10 a.m.
In addition, Mayor Walsh will name the park’s play lot the Lt. Edward Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy Tot Lot in honor of the two Boston firefighters lost in the 9-alarm Back Bay fire on March 26. The ceremony marks the completion of a project with a design budget of $47,000 and construction budget of $451,600 funded by the City’s Capital Improvement Plan.
Improvements include renovation of the playground and retrofitting existing play structures for 2-to-5-year-olds and 5-to-12-year-olds including adding several new play elements and play panels. New stand-alone play features include a net climber, spring rider toys, a playhouse, car, and a water play table.
The project replaced mulch with rubber safety surfacing including play mounds and colored jumping dots, installed new belt swings, toddler swings, and an accessible swing requested by the community, and added site furnishings including tables, chairs, and benches. Chain link fence was replaced with ornamental metal fencing along LaGrange Street and between the two play areas. In addition, many plantings were added including 22 trees.
The Lt. Edward Walsh and Firefighter Michael Kennedy Tot Lot will include two new fire truck panels to be placed in the 2 to 5-year-old and 5 to 12-year-old play areas. The panels resemble the front of a fire truck and are adorned with the Boston Fire Department logo and the names of Engine 33 and Ladder 15, as well as interactive elements such as steering wheels and a fire bell. Two park benches will also be named in Walsh and Kennedy’s honor.
The July 26 ribbon cutting celebration will include refreshments provided by H.P. Hood LLC, the official dairy sponsor for the Boston Parks and Recreation Department’s 2014 park openings.