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Neighborhood Photo: Construction Resumes at Langone & Puopolo Parks

Renovation of the fields at Langone and Puopolo Parks along Commercial Street in Boston’s North End has recommenced as the state begins its gradual reopening. Massachusetts has entered phase one of the four-step plan to reopen the state following the shutdowns caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Starting May 18, places of worship, manufacturing and construction Read More…

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Neighborhood Photo: Construction Halted at Langone & Puopolo Parks

As of March 16, 2020, the City of Boston temporarily paused construction projects as part of the efforts to combat the spread of coronavirus. This includes the renovations of the Langone & Puopolo Fields in the North End along Commercial Street. Construction began last summer on a project to renovate the parks, putting in synthetic Read More…

Photos & Videos Sports

Neighborhood Photo: Last Grass at North End Ballfields

With the renovation project at Puopolo Fields underway, the large grass ballfields are being replaced with artificial turf. Resident MaryAnn O’Brien laments the changeover with this photo, saying “one of two grass spots (Columbus Park being the other) in the North End is being removed. It seems like a huge mistake to install artificial turf that Read More…

Event Notices Featured Health & Environment

Langone & Puopolo Parks Renovations to Begin July 1

The long awaited renovations of Langone Park and Puopolo Playground on Commercial Street in the North End are finally here! Work will begin the week of July 1, 2019. The Boston Parks & Recreation Department began the community process to propose improvements to the parks back in October 2017. Two final design concepts were publicly Read More…

Announcements Commentaries

Op-Ed: A Request to Reconsider Artificial Turf at Puopolo Park

North End resident John Modzelewski recently submitted a letter to Parks Commissioner Christopher Cook urging a reconsideration of the decision to use artificial turf at the soon-to-be-renovated Puopolo Park on Commercial Street. Read the letter in its entirety below. Click to enlarge. Read an earlier letter by Modzelewski to the project manager, as well as Read More…

Arts & Culture Community Featured Photos & Videos

2018 North End Christmas Parade Brings Santa by Helicopter [Photos]

The 47th North End Christmas Parade brought Santa to the neighborhood in first class fashion via his own helicopter. The chilly but sunny weather brought out hundreds to the waterfront’s Puopolo Field for Santa’s arrival followed by the Christmas Parade through the neighborhood streets. Two marching bands played holiday music while costumed characters took pictures with the kids. Read More…

Featured Kids & Families Sports

City to use Artificial Turf at Puopolo Fields in North End

Despite some opposition, artificial turf will be used at the Puopolo Fields on Commercial Street with natural grass remaining at Langone Park’s little league field, according to a community letter issued by Boston Parks Commissioner, Chris Cook. A stretch of natural grass will also be added along the Harborwalk for passive activities. The change will Read More…

Health & Environment Photos & Videos

Neighborhood Photo: Flooding at Puopolo Park

The grass vs. turf debate continues for Puopolo Park. John Romano points out that, when it rains, second base floods and the neighborhood baseball teams cannot play for three to five days. This has happened for many years. A turf field would eliminate the need to wait several days for the field to dry out. “Neighborhood Read More…

Community Meetings

Residents’ Association Voices Concerns About Artificial Turf at Langone & Puopolo Parks

Members of the North End/Waterfront Residents Association (NEWRA) expressed concerns about the planned use of artificial turf for Puopolo Park at the August NEWRA meeting. In May, the Boston Parks & Recreation Department presented their two design plans for the parks, which both include synthetic turf over grass on the multi-use field. At that community Read More…

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Photo: School Field Day at Puopolo Park (Grass vs Turf)

School field day at Puopolo Park, 80 degs 11:00 AM. 6/20. If this were artificial turf as proposed by Parks Dept the field would be about 120 degs. How usable would it be? Submitted by John Modzelewski. (Read previous letter here on grass vs turf.) “Neighborhood Photo” is a regular feature on NorthEndWaterfront.com. Send in your photos Read More…

Community

Reader Poll: Where Should the Playground at Langone & Puopolo Parks Be Located?

Boston Parks & Recreation recently hosted their third and final community meeting to discuss improvements to Langone & Puopolo Parks. Two final design concepts were presented and attendees provided feedback on the proposed layouts. In addition to the highly debated topic of the grass, meeting attendees also discussed the relocation of the playground. In Concept A, Read More…

Announcements Community Health & Environment

Grass Over Artificial Turf Recommended in Letter to Parks Project Manager

Local resident John Modzelewski urges the design team to reconsider their proposal of artificial turf for the multi-use field at Puopolo Park in a letter to the Boston Parks & Recreation Department Project Manager. John lists seven arguments for natural grass over synthetic turf and notes that other local areas, including the Boston Common, the Esplanade Read More…