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Longwood Playground

Features

  1. Baseball/Softball Field
  2. Basketball Courts
  3. Benches/Seating
  4. Pickleball
  5. Playground
  6. SplashPad/Water Play Area
  7. Tennis Courts
  8. Walkway/Paths/Trails
  9. Youth Baseball Field

Overview

Longwood Playground is the school playground for Lawrence School. Situated in a bowl, the perimeter of Longwood Playground is lined with mature trees. The slopes of the land dictate the location of the field, and all other facilities are located around the field. There are many pleasant seating areas throughout the park. During the week, the park serves as the venue for the Lawrence School's recess, physical education, and after-school programs.

The school does not own the park. The park is developed with 2 separate play areas, one designed for school age children and the other for toddlers. Three tennis courts are located at the eastern edge of the playground. There are six pickleball courts located within the tennis courts. Two short combination softball and youth baseball infields are provided. A well-developed pedestrian path system exists around the field.

Park History

The property was a deep marsh that was filled in, taking many years to settle. Olmsted and Eliot were hired to improve it in 1895. In 1928, Town Meeting authorized the Selectmen to petition the General Court to allow a small area of the playground to be taken for the school building. A tennis field house was constructed in 1929.

Deed / Title / Restrictions

Samuel McLean transferred 57,031 square feet of the property to the town in 1873. The town purchased 170,099 square feet from Henrietta W. Thomas in 1891 and another 27,629 square feet from Charles H. Stearns et al in 1898 with the stipulation that no building shall be placed within 20 feet, no building of a value less than $45,000, no apartment house, no building for carrying on any mechanical trade or for manufacturing purposes.

The town acquired 18,150 square feet of the property from Knights of Columbus / Building Corporation in 1959. The original deed was not available, only a duplicate certificate of title from September 30, 1977, was available.

Additional Information

  • Category: School Playground
  • Size: 4.99 acres
  • Protection: Article 97
  • Manager: Brookline DPW, Parks and Open Space Division
  • Location: Longwood Street and Francis Street
  • Precinct: 3
  • Inventory Date: November 02, 2004, revised February 1, 2005
  • Vicinity: Located in single and multifamily neighborhood