Margaret E. Robinson Playground
Margaret E. Robinson Playground includes a youth baseball / softball infield, large paved basketball court, and a play area, with trees in the northwest corner. It is separated from the Walnut Place conservation restriction by one lot. This park has a variety of edge conditions: one is sloped, one lined with trees, 2 sides are lined with houses, and 2 with streets. The vegetation is not notable except along the perimeter, where there are mature trees.
The Margaret E. Robinson Playground was the site of the car barn lot for the Boston Elevated Railway Company in the 1890s. Edward H. and Elizabeth B. Hill sold it to the town for playground purposes in 1939. Margaret E. Robinson was a Brookline resident and served as chair of the Democratic Town Committee, member of the School Committee for 6 years, Town Meeting Member, president of the Democratic Women's Club, member of the Women's Relief Corps, president of the American Legion Auxiliary of the Brookline Post, and a member of the National Civic Foundation. In 2001, a new irrigation system and field were installed with funds from the Community Development Block Grant Park Renovation Project
Park Renovation Project
The renovation of Robinson Playground will include the following Improvements. - Universal access within the park; - Treatment of the park’s perimeter and entries to address issues of accessibility; - Redesign for a new playground and water play, including play equipment for all ages and resilient safety surfacing; - Site furniture and destinations for seating and picnicking throughout the park; - New plantings; - Discussion of hardcourt play space; - Renovation of the natural turf areas within the baseball field; and, - Reworking the grading and drainage to direct runoff appropriately.
We have held four Design Review Committee Meetings to date, the most recent occurring on May 27, 2020. At that meeting, five different design concepts for the park were shared. These concepts are based on comments and feedback the Town had received in previous meetings. Members of the neighborhood and committee provided the Town with some great feedback on the different concepts and proposed improvements and there was a collective agreement around one concept. Over the month of June the design team will work on revising and refining that concept for the next design review meeting which will take place in July. The design team will then present to the full Park and Recreation Committee for a final vote on the preferred design concept plan. After the Park and Recreation Committee Meeting the design team will start working on the construction documents for the project.