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Joyce Playground in Brighton reopens after $950k renovation project

Posted by Matt Rocheleau  August 16, 2013 05:34 PM

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(Boston Parks and Recreation Department)

City officials recently reopened Joyce Playground in Brighton after completing nearly $1 million in renovations.

The playground along Union Street features a completely-renovated basketball court with new color coating benches, fencing, backboards, and rims, according to an announcement from the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.

The Lucy Tempesta Playlot has been refurbished and is enclosed by new fencing. The area includes a play structure for children ages two to five and another for children between five to 12 years old, officials said. There are bucket swings for toddlers and preschoolers, belt swings, freestanding spinning equipment, and spinning equipment.

At the playground’s recreational water spray, in-ground jets of varying sizes and styles have replaced concrete bollards, officials said.

New LED pedestrian lighting was installed along major pathways and the park features new furniture, including benches, picnic tables, trash barrels and bike racks.

Workers also planted new canopy trees, flowering trees, shrubs, and grass, officials said. A group of invasive Norway maples near Union Street was removed and replaced with a variety of native trees, including oaks, red maples, amelanchiers and white pines.

A new entry arch was installed at the Blenford Road entrance while other improvements were made to the entry on Lyne Road.

The project cost $949,200 to design and build and was funded in part by a $500,000 Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities, or PARC, grant from the state’s Energy and Environmental Affairs office, officials said.

Joyce Playground was one of 27 parks and recreational facilities across 25 municipalities in Massachusetts selected in early 2012 to share in more than $14 million in PARC grants. It was the only park in Boston to win and was received the maximum possible award.

The rest of the project’s cost was paid for through the city’s capital improvement program, officials said.

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