Chittick Elementary School Playground

Photo of children and a teacher in a class room

In fall of 2018, Boston became the second city to announce full achievement of the 10-Minute Walk Campaign—which sets a goal of putting a great park or open space within a 10-minute walk of everyone in America. In the middle of the largest park-access gap in Boston is the Chittick Elementary School in Mattapan, which includes two well-worn play sets abutting an unutilized parcel of land. Currently, the public is allowed limited use of the playground after school hours, but The Trust for Public Land is working with the city to create a new public park behind the school.

Drawing from our New York City Playgrounds program, we are working with students from Chittick on a participatory design process with a landscape architect. Students will learn measurement, observation, and design skills as they work together to create a concept park plan that meets the needs of the whole community. Once the landscape architect completes a conceptual design for the park, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department will provide final plans and construction over the next 3-5 years. The completion of this project will ensure permanent access to open space for the entire neighborhood.

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