Roslindale, MA – Copley Wolff Design Group, a leading landscape architecture and planning firm, recently celebrated the grand opening of the Healy Playground in Roslindale in partnership with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.
Copley Wolff was contracted to redesign and upgrade the 13,000sf playground to create a welcoming and exciting destination for children of all ages to play and engage.
The primary goal in designing the Healy Playground was to create an inclusive, engaging, multi-use playground that better serves a wide range of abilities, ages, and types of play. New elements include an obstacle/ropes course, contemporary climbing equipment, a toddler slide, accessible spinning equipment designed for wheelchair use, and interactive play elements such as a stone abacus and rolling bells. A nature trail, structures that resemble grass blades, and a crescent-shaped play stream contribute to the natural theme of the playground.
In addition to the new play elements, Copley Wolff incorporated a safer playground experience by using colorful rubber surfacing under play equipment. Furthermore, the team developed new seating options for caregivers and updated the landscaped plantings surrounding the playground for more visual appeal.
“With the redesign of this space, our team aimed to provide the community with a spacious and welcoming area that features ample play opportunities for children of all ages,” said Sean Sanger, principal of Copley Wolff Design Group. “With the objective of creating a visually appealing playground, despite the relatively small space available, Copley Wolff was able to accomplish a playground design that offers a greater variety of use and better utilization of space.”
The completion of the Healy Playground has been a welcome and well-received addition to the Roslindale community and is a recent example of Copley Wolff’s extensive work with parks and playgrounds throughout Massachusetts. Additional projects include the Baxter Riverfront Park Playground at Assembly Row in Somerville, Ringgold Park in Boston, Russel J. Call Playground at Northeastern University, and TADpole Playground in Boston Common.