Brookline Avenue Playground

Brookline Ave Site Plan

Brookline Avenue Playground

Project Description

Brookline Avenue Playground is a four-acre park located in North Brookline at the corner of Aspinwall Avenue and Brookline Avenue.   The playground was last renovated in 1994 and is in need of total replacement.  The park is relatively flat and comprised of a large athletic field, ballfield, a fenced-in playground and lawn area near the Lynch Center, and is part of the green dog program. 

The public design review process for landscape improvements to Brookline Avenue Playground was completed and the design was approved by the Department of Parks and Recreation in the fall of 2015.  The emphasis of this project is to construct an inclusive playground.  A playground that is accessible to children and caregivers no matter their age or ability.   A truly inclusive and embracing play experience addresses the developmental needs of the whole child by intentionally providing opportunities for physical, cognitive, communicative, social/emotional, and sensory development.

This playground will be fully accessible via concrete walks, plazas and specialized safety surfacing.  The equipment has ramps or at grade entry and provides multiple levels of and opportunities for play.  There are sensory, auditory, physical, imaginative and environmental elements for group or solitary play as self-selected by the child. Each play area has been designed through the lens of inclusion.

The project also provides an opportunity to rest, topdress and overseed the athletic field, build a new infield, and refurbish the backstop.  We are making modest drainage improvements, as feasible, new picnic areas and entry gateways into the park.

May 2017 

The Brookline Avenue Playground construction is under way.  The contractor Green Acres Landscape & Construction Co. Inc. is on site and working on the park renovations which will include the following work over the next several months:

  • Installing temporary chain link fencing and gates, erosion controls and tree protection
  • Removing of existing pavement and surfacing, site furniture and play equipment
  • New water play, drinking fountains and plumbing
  • Grading and drainage improvements
  • Modifying the existing irrigation system
  • Colored and stamped cement concrete walk paving
  • Landscape boulders and garden stone paths
  • Poured in place rubber play surfacing and concrete curbing
  • New playground equipment, site furniture, lawns and planting

The park is scheduled to be completed by September 2017. If you have any questions or comments please feel free to contact Kathleen Fasser at 617-264-6490 or