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Margaret E. Robinson Playground


  1. Baseball/Softball Field
  2. Basketball Courts
  3. Benches/Seating
  4. Green Dog Park
  5. Inline Skating and Roller Hockey
  6. Playground
  7. SplashPad/Water Play Area
  8. Walkway/Paths/Trails
  9. Youth Baseball Field


Playground facilities include 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.

Park History

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.

Deed / Title / Restrictions

Edward H. and Elizabeth B. Hill donated 92,029 square feet of the property to the town in 1939 for playground purposes. John L. Newell et al transferred another 14,113 square feet of the property to the town with no restrictions in 1965.

Additional Information

  • Category: Neighborhood Park
  • Size: 2.38 acres
  • Protection: Article 97
  • Manager: Brookline DPW, Parks and Open Space Division
  • Location: Cypress Street and Franklin Street
  • Precinct: 5
  • Inventory Date: October 09, 2004, revised February 1, 2005
  • Vicinity: Located along Cypress Street