The popular bench swings on the North End Greenway Parks have been removed as the heavy use has raised safety concerns with the current design.
Conservancy staff told NorthEndWaterfront.com that signs of stress were showing up on the beams holding the swings so they took them down for safety reasons. The manufacturer is working to analyze and hopefully bring back a modified version that will prove more durable.
The Conservancy expects that it could be several weeks, perhaps months, for repairs to be made on the swings. A new design may be necessary that is not as wide to reduce strain on the support beams. The amount of swinging may also need to be restricted, making the bench more of a ‘slider’ than a swing.
The bench swings have been a big hit in the North End Parks, often with waiting lines to get a seat. Residents’ Association Parks Committee Chair and Greenway Conservancy Board Member Robyn Reed commented recently at a meeting that getting a seat was as difficult as a ticket to the Broadway show Hamilton. Groups were often seen piling on the swings with almost nonstop use in all types of weather, day and night.
While the swing design is reviewed, the Greenway Conservancy is bringing more tables and chairs to the area under the pergola, known formally as Parcels 8 and 10, in the North End.