Throwback Thursday – Sand Gardens

Ever wonder how the modern American playground originated? We stumbled upon this revealing Boston Globe article detailing the history of playgrounds in Boston. At the end of the 19th century, open space in Boston was hard to come by. In 1885, the country’s first “sand garden” was introduced to the City of Boston- what we

Thomas M. Menino Park

Last Saturday our team set off on the Orange Line for the momentous annual Super Survey Day. We began our morning at Mayor Thomas M. Menino Park in Charlestown. The park was a product amidst the wake of the Boston Marathon Bombings, and sits directly across from Spaulding Rehabilitation Center. The playground is accessible by

Playground Spotlight: Marcella Playground

Location: Jamaica Plain Age Groups: All ages Inclusivity/Inclusive Elements: water play, garden, telescope, playhouse, alphabet/numbers game, hammock, disc swing, merry-go-round Features: -Fence divides older and younger play -Large rope climbing structure -Rubber surfaces -Bathrooms, water fountains, and trash Great if you’re looking for: -A playground with options for all ages Keep looking if: -You really

We’re back!

Hello! Welcome back to another fall semester. We welcome to the team two new members: Dan Ostberg, a chemical engineering student, and Tia Thompson, a design student! We are so excited to have them on board and look forward to the upcoming year.   Progress is already underway for Carter Field along Southwest Corridor Park,

US Play Coalition’s National Play Conference Wrap-up

This past weekend seven of us travelled down to Clemson, South Carolina for the US Play Coalition Conference. Starting Sunday afternoon and stretching until Tuesday night were a series of talks held by some of the most innovative and exciting experts in the Playground and Parks and Recreation Field. We were thrilled to meet the

Playground Spotlight: Titus Sparrow Playground

Location: South End Age Groups: All Ages Inclusivity/Inclusive Elements: Xylophone, car wheel + gear, sandbox and scoopers, bar Features: Bench features a solar panel in the middle where you can charge your phone Sand diggers Church in background is very scenic Basketball court provides good functionality Great if you’re looking for: An inclusive, constructive play

On the Road Again: The US Play Coalition’s National Play Conference

Big news! Our group has been accepted to the US Play Coalition’s National Play Conference. This year’s theme is “Where Design Meets Play” and it will be held in Clemson, South Carolina. Seven of our members will be traveling to present our survey and research from April 2nd through 5th. We will attend workshops, listen