Saturday, February 16, 2013
The BRA is proposing replacing the Shipyard Park feature with a kid-friendly splash pad. But does the community want it?
At the end of last summer, the Boston Redevelopment Authority fenced off the water fountain in the Charlestown Navy Yard's Shipyard Park in an attempt to keep children from playing there. But for area residents, many who have used the fountain as a way to cool off on hot summer days for more than 30 years, the fence was an outrage. To help ease the neighborhood's concerns, the BRA developed plans to install a new water play area for kids in the Navy Yard, and on Tuesday officials held a public meeting where they revealed those plans—a new kid-friendly "splash pad" to be located near Navy Yard's existing playground. But do residents want a replacement? If the Shipyard Park fountain has to remain off limits for children, does the Navy Yard …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
The Boston Redevelopment Authority on Feb. 12 presented plans to replace the Shipyard Park feature with a new kid-friendly 'splash pad' located near the playground.
After delaying the opening of a popular water fountain in the Charlestown Navy Yard last summer and then putting a fence up to keep people out once summer ended, the Boston Redevelopment Authority on Tuesday presented an alternative: A new, kid-friendly splash pad to be built on the grassy knoll between Building 36 and the existing playground. But while many people are upset about the closure of the Shipyard Park fountain, those attending the meeting this week said they weren’t sure the community wants a replacement. Just a handful of residents turned out for the meeting at Constitution Inn, held at 7 p.m. on the evening of the president’s State of the Union address. But those who did come said they represented many other voices in the …
Sunday, January 27, 2013
Hear about the BRA's plans to close the feature to recreational use and create a new water play feature in the same area.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
A joint meeting with the BRA is scheduled Feb. 12.
Tuesday, January 22
[UPDATE Friday, Jan. 25, 3:45 p.m.] The Charlestown Neighborhood Council is hosting a meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 12 to discuss the closing of the fountain in the Navy Yard for recreational use and the creation of a new water play feature in the same area. Previously scheduled for Jan. 31, the meeting was postponed because of a scheduling conflict. The meeting will be jointly run by the Boston Redevelopment Authority. The BRA has retained a design firm to work with the community to locate and design a new water play feature for recreational use in the Navy Yard. This feature would be intended to replace the fountain, which the Redevelopment Authority has closed to recreational use due to liability concerns. The Redevelopment Authority has …