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!
The Greenway is proud to bring play to the parks. We host sessions on Thursday nights in Chinatown Park and in the Wharf District throughout the summer months. 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.
Last summer we partnered with our favorite neighborhood partners to host Downtown Playdates. The program, held on Saturdays in July and August, featured fun, games, and prizes for kids of all ages.
For more information about all the Downtown Playdates partners, please visit www.downtownplaydates.com
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.
Keep an eye out here for information about 2019's SaturPLAY series.
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, exploring art and play throughout the parks, riding the Greenway Carousel at The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Grove, and playing in our Rings Fountain.
We have limited available dates for youth organizations to participate. If you are interested in bringing a group, please contact our Programs Manager. The Greenway especially enjoys partnering with organizations who work with neighborhoods and communities that may come against barriers in visiting the park.
This year the Rose Kennedy Greenway Conservancy and BCNC’s Pao Arts Center are pleased to host artworks and programming that asks the questions, “What is your story? Where are you from? Where is your home?” Through exhibitions, innovative public art and free programming, we hope you’ll join us to consider these questions and learn about others.
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.
After a summer of positive feedback the Conservancy sponsored a thorough public process in Fall 2016. The process revealed a newfound love of the PlayCubes and the Conservancy elected to extend the installation of the once-temporary PlayCubes in Chinatown Park.
Come to Chinatown Park to climb and slide, imagine and play!
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!