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Privately funded playground on the Esplanade opening Friday

Posted by Sara Brown  October 26, 2011 11:27 AM

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It's time to break in the rock wall and test out the zip line: a new Esplanade play area, privately-funded and geared towards children between five and 12, opens Friday.

The playspace, located by the Arthur Fiedler footbridge on the Charles River Esplanade, is the result of a group of local parents, The Friends of the Esplanade Playspace. Recognizing a need for a play area for older children, the group raised $1.5 million to cover the cost of constructing the play area. The group will also fund an endowment for playground maintenance.

The play area also offers families a spot where they can watch Hatch Shell events, and the play space fixtures are geared toward older kids, with adventure-based activities that build upper body strength. Construction on the 10,000 square-foot space began in June.

Visitors will find a zip-line, climbing wall, art by local artists, and a reading area. (The zip-line was a frequent request at a focus-group with neighborhood kids; their other wish, a roller coaster, did not come true.)

Edward Lambert, the Department of Conservation and Recreation commissioner, will be at the Esplanade for the grand opening on Friday, October 28 at 4 p.m.

Sara Brown can be reached at yourtownsara@gmail.com. Follow Your Town Beacon Hill on Twitter: @BeaconHillInfo

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