The Greenway’s seven water features, outstanding organic spaces, public art, and one-of-a-kind carousel make the parks an ideal location to promote and create play experiences. Play is an essential part of development, allowing opportunities to learn about the world, gain social skills, test theories, and develop language and motor skills. All too often, free play time is restricted by reduction of school recess, safety concerns, and a national increase in screen time.

The Greenway is excited to offer an innovative space for free, unstructured learning experiences, connecting kids, families and adults with the playful elements of our urban park space. Come play on The Greenway! Take a look at our 2018 Summer in Review!

Greenway Play Sessions

The Conservancy is proud to bring play to The Greenway. We host sessions on Thursday nights in Chin Park, with special appearances on select dates from the Yasso Game On! Foundation, providing free samples of Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt and brand new play equipment for all to enjoy. You might see us pop up with our unique play equipment during other, playful, events. Keep an eye on our calendar for Play programming this season.

SaturPLAY with A-VOYCE (April-October)

SaturPLAY is a series of youth-led interventions activating Mary Soo Hoo Park to make Chinatown a better place to live, work, and PLAY! Teenagers from the Asian Community Development Corporation's Asian Voices of Organized Youth for Community Empowerment (A-VOYCE) program envisioned, planned and implement these activities. 

Check out our play calendar for upcoming dates!

Youth Adventure Days

Building off the success of past programming, we have been working with the Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston and other community groups to bring youth from around the area to experience play on The Greenway! Youth Adventure Days include lunch from our food trucks, treats from Yasso Frozen Greek Yogurt, exploring art and play throughout the parks, riding the Greenway Carousel at The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove, and playing in our Rings Fountain.

PlayCubes in Chinatown Park

In 2016, the Conservancy partnered with Design Museum Boston and Playworld  to bring an exciting new play structure to Chinatown Park. A part of Design Museum Foundation's temporary Extraordinary Playscapes exhibition, the PlayCubes are iconic cuboctahedrons designed by Richard Dattner, leave the play experience up to the child's creativity and imagination.

Come to Chinatown Park to climb and slide, imagine and play!

Play For All

As The Greenway builds its play programming, we will continue to look for innovative ways to engage everyone in everyday play experiences. Play can build community and spaces by providing engaging moments of pure fun.

Have a great idea for play? Contact us! 

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