On Tuesday, January 23, the Boston Parks and Recreation Department hosted a community meeting at the Nazzaro Center to discuss the design phase of the Langone & Puopolo Parks improvement project. This was the second meeting in a series of community forums designed to help the Parks Department determine the best ways to rehabilitate the park facilities on Commercial Street.
The Parks project team presented the attendees with three design alternatives that incorporated the key takeaways discussed at the first community meeting. Although each proposed version of the new park is unique, all of the iterations feature a little league field and bocce courts, a playground, additional recreational spaces, enhanced park entries, improved lighting, and storage.
After reviewing the plans as a group, those in attendance responded with the following suggestions:
- Thoroughly research the portable pitching mound proposed for the baseball field to determine if this is really the best option for performance and this park.
- Give more thought to adult oriented activities such as adding more bocce courts, creating additional seating areas, and allowing water access for kayaks.
- Find parking solutions to address increased visitor traffic that is likely to follow the renovations.
- Work with the landowners of the grassy area behind Steriti Rink to create an extension of the park exclusively for dogs.
- Prioritize public restrooms.
The project team will use the meeting feedback to inform their final design choice which will be presented at the last community meeting in April. To learn more about this project or provide input, please visit the project webpage. The full presentation is also available here.