Neighbors, families and community members came together to celebrate the new sand and toys at the annual Playground / Tot-Lot Celebration at Christopher Columbus Park on Saturday, May 5th. Boston Fire Department brought Engine 8 for the kids to enjoy. It was a great event with many friends and local residents coming together to lend a helping hand, followed by free pizza and entertainment!

Meghan Denenberg, board member of the Friends of Christopher Columbus Park, greeted guests at the celebration. Meghan said, “I am so happy that spring has finally sprung. The playground is officially open. This event connects new families in the neighborhood and offers them an opportunity to appreciate the wonderful park.”

City Councilor Lydia Edwards attended the event and took the opportunity to introduce herself to families and guests in the neighborhood. When asked about the event, Edwards said:

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“It is an indication of how strong our community is. It is incredible that our community comes together for events like this as the neighborhood continues to grow.”

Andrea Hessenius of the North End praised Kindercare for doing arts & crafts and storytelling with the kids, as well as the Boston Firefighters for letting the kids see the firetruck up close.

Benevento’s provided pizza for the event and Joe’s American Bar and Grill ensured that every child had cookies to take home with them.

For more information or to get involved with Christopher Columbus Park please see FOCCP.org.

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