Boylston Street Playground

Field at Boylston Street Playground.

Project Description

Boylston Street Playground property was acquired by the Town in 1851. This playground was originally the site of the new South Primary School. The school was used by multiple occupants until 1971 when the building was torn down and the area converted into playground space.  The playground was further developed in 1978 and the last major renovation completed in 2002. The park contains a small playing field for youth soccer and youth baseball. The park has a backstop but no infield. It also has a basketball court with 4 hoops and a small playground with swings and a structure for 2-5 year old's. Boylston Street Playground is currently part of the Green Dog Program as well. The park was linked to the neighborhoods by a pedestrian bridge over the MBTA tracks known as the Davis Path Footbridge. The bridge was removed a few years ago and is now currently in the concept design phases., for additional information on the Davis Path Footbridge project please click here

We are excited to start the design review process for Boylston Street Playground and hope that you will join us to share your ideas. Members of the public are invited to submit a letter of interest if you wish to serve of the Design Review Committee for Boylston Street Playground. 

  1. Name, address and email.
  2. Why you are interested in serving on the Boylston Street Playground DRC.  This may include a particular use, experience or perspective of the park that may provide unique and beneficial insight to the design process.
  3. Any particular professional/technical skills that you have that would be beneficial to the design process.

The letter can be sent via email to [email protected] or via the post office no later than Wednesday December 7, 2022.  Please address the letter as follows:

Nancy O’Connor, Chair, Park and Recreation Commission c/o Alexandra Vecchio, Park and Open Space Director       333 Washington Street, 4th Floor Brookline, MA 02445

Design Review Committee Public Meeting Dates:

Improvements to Boylston Playground will include:

  • Universal access within the park;
  • Treatment of the park’s perimeter and entries to address issues of accessibility;
  • Redesign of the playground spaces 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 open lawn; and,
  • Grading work and drainage enhancements to direct runoff appropriately



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