Parks Department unveils improvements to Roxbury tot lots
A series of parks improvements have been underway with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department reopening the three Roxbury play areas after more than $1.4 million in improvements funded by Mayor Martin J. Walsh’s Capital Improvement Program.
“Creating safe, enjoyable spaces for children and their families is a priority of the Boston Parks Department, and our entire city,” said Mayor Walsh. “These improvements will provide access to fresh air and outdoor space, and I encourage everyone who uses these parks to remember public health guidance and stay safe this summer.”
Mayor Walsh’s current capital plan funds ten more capital projects in this part of the city with a total budget in excess of $6.2 million. Those funds are in addition to these three play areas and another $28 million already allocated for the Franklin Park Action Plan resulting in a substantial investment in open space to be enjoyed by Roxbury residents of all ages.
The playground upgrades installed new state-of-the-art play equipment at Doris F. Tillman Playground, formerly Lambert Playground, at 45 Lambert Avenue, Holborn Street Playlot at 6 Holborn Street, and Beauford Play Area at 127 Howard Avenue.
All three tot lot projects focused on updating playground equipment, rubber play surfacing, landscaping, and accessibility. The play structures at Tillman and Lambert Playgrounds are designed for children ages 2 to 5 and 5 to 12 while the Holborn Street Playlot is designed for youngsters ages 3 to 5. The design and construction budgets were $512,000 for Doris F. Tillman Playground, $485,000 for Beauford Play Area, and $410,000 for Holborn Street Playlot.
Improvements at Holborn Street Playlot are on a site originally created in partnership with the Holborn, Gannett, Gaston, Otisfield Betterment Association as noted on a plaque at the tot lot.
Doris F. Tillman Playground is named for a longtime neighborhood resident who urged the City to convert a vacant lot into a play area in the 1970s. The newest park renovations include MathTalk, a math-based game for playgrounds created by Omowale Moses.
Beauford Play Area is named in memory of P.F.C. Willis Beauford, a Dorchester Marine who died in Vietnam aboard a C-123 provider that crashed on the runway at Khe Sanh after being hit by enemy fire in 1968. The Parks Commission voted to dedicate the play area in his honor on June 19, 1975.