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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.


Phase 1: Playground, Courts, Multipurpose Field
  • Construction budget: $5,000,000
  • Project features: Amphitheater, passive use, playground, water play, basketball, multi-use field, street hockey, wheel friendly areas
  • Consultant: Stantec Planning and Landscape Architecture, Inc.
  • Contractor: Argus Construction
Phase 2: Ballfields and Dog Park
  • Construction budget: $4,500,000
  • Project features: Little League and softball fields, dog park
  • Consultant: Stantec Planning and Landscape Architecture, Inc.
  • Contractor: To be determined

Image for 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.

Phase 1 improvements, funded by the Harvard Allston Public Realm Flexible Fund, and the City of Boston Capital Improvement Fund, were opened in fall 2019. 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.

Design of Phase 2 is currently underway. Construction is expected to begin late 2020. Improvements in Phase 2 include new ballfields for softball and Little League, a dog park, and additional elements to promote activity in the park.

Image for smith final site plan for web

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