Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Parks and Recreation Commissioner Ryan Woods will be breaking ground on Monday for improvements to Garvey Playground at 340 Neponset Avenue in Dorchester at 4:30pm. Local residents and sports leagues will also be on hand!
At just under five-and-a-half acres, Dorchester’s Garvey Playground has planned improvements for street hockey, basketball, flag football, men’s and women’s lacrosse, Babe Ruth senior baseball, two play areas for children ages 2 to 5 and 5 to 12, a seating area and shade structure, viewing terrace at the field house, dog park, accessible entrances, a walking loop, water cooling area, field lighting, and a new scoreboard for field and street hockey.
Funded by Mayor Walsh’s Capital Improvement Program, the $5 million project budget also includes a $790,000 grant from Boston’s Community Preservation Fund specifically for accessibility and a dog park. Part of the land for the dog park and the Babe Ruth senior baseball field are on Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) property, and the Parks Department and DCR coordinated to create accessible entrances off Morrissey Boulevard to assure accessibility to the dog park and senior baseball diamond.