Playground upgrades to Dorchester Park Playground
We're making improvements to Dorchester Park Playground in Dorchester. We had a community workshop in October of 2019 and have been working to incorporate all of the amazing feedback we received from the community at this workshop and in an online survey.
This design has been bid out and construction will start later this fall.
The design maintains the large climbing structure central to the playground. The older and younger children's structures will be replaced with new structures. We will still have 4 bays of swings, but the bays are separated and re-arranged on site. There will be a single bay of swings with 2 toddler bucket swings closer to the 2-5 year old play structure. A separate 3 bay of swings (located between the 2-5 and 5-12 year old structure will have 3 belt swings, an ADA bucket swing and a 'Friendship Swing' that will allow 2 children to swing together or a parent and child to swing together. We are also adding an ADA accessible drum set to the playground. A key item we heard from the community was that the connection between the playground and nature is not made as much in the current play area. We took that to heart when we re-aligned play areas. We now have a curved path that leads users through the formalized play area and connects to the mulch area around the 'climbing rock'. Children no longer need to traverse the area behind the swing bays to get to this exciting nature play. This not only encourages children to reach out beyond the manufactured play area, but it keeps them safer and out of the swing area. In addition, we have added a wooden play frame in a mulch area to again encourage children to reach further into the natural areas and engage their creative play. In addition to new benches there will be an ADA accessible community picnic table.
Posted in the related documents section below is a plan of the final design. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions.
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