The state Department of Conservation and Recreation has slated a Nov. 30 hearing on a proposal by a Beacon Hill parents’ group to build a $1.5 million privately financed playground near the Hatch Memorial Shell on the Charles River Esplanade.
The group, called the Friends of Esplanade Playspace, says playgrounds along the river are geared toward children under 5, and a surge of neighborhood grade-schoolers need something more suited to their age, the Globe reports this morning.
At 10,000 square feet, the new playground will be designed for children ages 5 to 12 and feature rocks for climbing, nets, a jungle gym, swings, and slides. It is slated for the riverside near the Esplanade Cafe, not far from the Arthur Fiedler Footbridge that spans Storrow Drive.
“As my kids get older, they pooh-pooh the idea of going to a baby playground. They want to be climbing trees,’’ said Karen Fabbri, whose children are 5 and 7. “They want to be exploring and climbing nature.’’
The Department of Conservation and Recreation, which owns and maintains the Esplanade, has thrown its support behind the project, as has Mayor Thomas M. Menino. The group hopes the playground could be completed next summer.
The meeting will be held from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at Hill House, 127 Mt. Vernon St.
Children are welcome to testify from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., the DCR said.
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