Boston Parks and Recreation Department is doing some research on the area of the Gassy (DeFilippo Park) by the Flights that is now a dog park. As part of that process, City Archives found these fascinating images from the early 1970’s.
Check out the psychedelic mural on the Brinks Garage wall and the old style tot lot. Also notice the graffiti on the walls of the Flights that would be immediately removed today, especially the swastika.
In this image from 1970-1971, the Gassy is paved over in preparation for the installation of sports courts. The brick wall is in place along Snow Hill Street with the characteristic North End buildings in the background before roof additions but complete with laundry lines. Notice the door leading under the Flights steps, used perhaps for restrooms or storage.
Do you have any vintage photos of DeFilippo Playground and the Flights area after the gas tank was removed? If so, they may be helpful as the City prepares the Flights area for a more permanent dog park. Email your old photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.