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Improvements to Harambee Park

Franklin Field | Park Established 1892

Implementation of a multi-phased park renovation project. Features a new playground on the west side of the park, pathway, and lighting improvements throughout the park, and sports facility improvements.

Harambee Park, formerly Franklin Field, is an active recreation park with 45 acres of fields for a variety of sports. The park contains basketball courts, cricket pitches, multi-purpose soccer and lacrosse fields, a football field, little league field and play spaces. Boston Parks and Recreation completed a master plan in early 2016. The plan keeps the existing recreational uses, re-orients the fields for optimum solar orientation, adds pathways with pedestrian lighting, and introduces a new play area on the west side of the park along Blue Hill Avenue.

Timeline
  • Construction of Phase 1 (the new play space, basketball courts, and entrances) was completed in 2018.
  • Construction of Phase 2 (multi-purpose soccer and lacrosse fields, and pathways) was completed in 2021.
  • Construction of Phase 3 (football field and practice field) was completed in 2022.

Harambee Park Phase 4 diagram

    Project information

     

    Blue Hill Avenue Playground and Courts
    • Project Status: Complete
    • Construction Budget: $2,500,000
    • Project Features: New playground, court renovation with lights, pathway, and entry improvements
    • Consultant: Weston & Sampson Engineers, Inc.
    • Contractor: Fleming Brothers Inc.

     

     

    Talbot Avenue Multipurpose Fields
    • Project Status: Complete
    • Construction Budget: $3,060,000
    • Project Features: Soccer and Lacrosse fields, pathway and lighting improvements, entrance enhancement
    • Consultant: Weston & Sampson Engineers, Inc.
    • Contractor: Fleming Brothers Inc.

     

     

    Westview Street Football Field
    • Project Status: Complete
    • Construction Budget: $2,600,000
    • Project Features: Football field improvements, pathway, and entry improvements
    • Consultant: Weston & Sampson Engineers, Inc.
    • Contractor: Fleming Brothers Inc.

     

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    Phase 3: Football Field and Walkways on Westview Street
    Phase 2: Multipurpose Fields and Walkways on Talbot Avenue
    Phase 1: New Playground and Basketball Courts on Blue Hill Avenue

    Harambee Park Master Plan and Implementation Phases

    Past Process

    A Master Plan was drafted in 2015 to inform future phases park improvements. A preferred site plan option was developed with community input and an eye to future open space need.

    The scope of Phase 1 included:

    1. Basketball court improvements with new sports lighting.
    2. An exciting new play area on Blue Hill Avenue. The play area features a fully accessible mound and play tower, hill slides, climbing equipment, swings, and water play.
    3. Pathway and entry improvements to improve safety.

    The scope of Phase 2 included:

    1. Improved multipurpose fields for Soccer and Lacrosse.
    2. Green infrastructure improvements to better control wet areas and drainage.
    3. Pathway and entry improvements to improve safety.
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