Renovations completed at Mary Hannon Playground
With an overall budget of $1,014,000, Phase II renovated an underutilized field to create a walking loop, exercise station, splash pad, two shelters with picnic tables, benches and game tables, and 32 new shade and flowering trees. The fence that ran the perimeter of the park was removed and replaced with a guard rail to allow the park to be more open and accessible with three new openings added.
A new Kompani exercise station is part of the recently completed Phase II improvements at Mary Hannon Playground in Roxbury.
The project was delayed due to the discovery of bedrock that forced the redesign of the entire infiltration system; the construction fences, however, were removed on November 22 as the park reopened to the community for their newly renovated park.
A pair of shelters with picnic tables complete the improvements at Mary Hannon Playground.
Mary Hannon Playground was established as a park in 1940. The 1.97 acre park consists of a playground, basketball court, open plaza and a softball field. The playground, basketball court and plaza space were renovated in Phase I completed in 2017.
Phase I park improvements included a new basketball court, plaza space, and a performance/stage space designed with input from local church and community groups. Play structures for children ages 2 to 5 featured a balance bridge, interactive panels, and a slide, and ages 5 to 12 include ropes, spinners and a slide. Additional improvements included swings for younger children, an accessible swing, and brightly colored safety rubber surfacing and fencing around the playground and basketball court. Landscaping improvements included new trees and perennial plantings.
The Phase II improvements complete the Mary Hannon Playground renovations and provide the neighborhood with a state-of-the-art facility for users of all ages.