The new $4 million playground is a figure-8, ship-like shape on a raised hard surface with limited groupings of trees, shrubs and other greenery. The object is to keep the area’s overall feel of a working slip.
The current angled parking was replaced with parallel parking. The Seaport’s cobblestone walkways extend south to incorporate the playground. Visually, the idea is to maintain the area’s flat plane appearance. To pedestrians the playground will look as if it is floating in a field of granite paving stones.
Built-in seating rings part of the play area. Other seating includes scattered benches and tables with chairs, many facing the water. Children’s play areas include sand and water features to give the space a connection to its waterfront home.
"Play staff" are hired and trained by the Dept. of Parks and Recreation and salaries covered by a $2 million grant from the Rockwell Group. Two to four staffers will be on hand during peak spring and summer months while one permanent worker will remain in the park through the colder, winter months.
Learn more at www.imaginationplayground.org.