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Improvements to Smith Playground

Improvements to Smith Playground

William F. Smith Playground

| Park Established 1894 |

Park renovation to include improvements to playground, new water spray feature, amphitheater, passive community space, and Western Avenue street improvements.

The proposed design for Smith Playground in Allston-Brighton

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department began a master plan of Smith Playground after years of advocacy by the Harvard Allston Task Force. The 2016 Master plan:

  • re-organizes the ballfields to remove overlapping uses
  • provides passive spaces for neighborhood use of the park
  • adds a perimeter pedestrian path for wayfinding and walking, and
  • upgrades facilities and features.

Design of Phase 1 improvements is ongoing during 2017, funded by the Harvard Allston Public Realm Flexible Fund and the City of Boston Capital Improvement Fund. Phase 1 includes the play area, new water play feature, amphitheater, multipurpose field, basketball courts, a street hockey court, and passive plaza space along Western Avenue.

Still have questions? Contact:
Parks and Recreation
1010 Massachusetts Avenue
3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02118
United States
Project location:
Smith Playground
235 Western Avenue
Allston-Brighton
Project contact:

Cathy Baker-Eclipse
cathy.baker-eclipse@boston.gov
617-635-4505

Project information:
  • Construction budget: $5,000,000
  • Project features: Amphitheater, passive use, playground, water play, basketball, multi-use field, street hockey, baseball, softball
  • Consultant: Stantec Planning & Landscape Architecture, Inc.
  • Contractor: To be determined

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