DORCHESTER – Ground broke this week on a $5 million renovation of the popular Garvey Playground, a park in Dorchester.

The renovations will improve many parts of the park including upgrading sports areas, enhancing lighting, building areas to provide shade, and better walkways/accessibility.

"I am so excited to break ground on a community space that is accomplishing so many of our City's goals: climate change resiliency, accessibility, open space, and walkability for all ages," said Mayor Walsh. "Boston's parks are meant for all residents, and I'm proud of our continued investments that will improve the lives of all our residents, and bring them together in a beautiful space."

Specifically, the renovations will allow for improvements for street hockey, flag football, basketball, lacrosse, and baseball. There will be a new seating area, two new play areas for kids, a dog park, new walking paths, a water cooling area, and a new scoreboard that will be used for field and street hockey.

Residents and community organizers in the area are clearly energized by all these improvements to their local park: "The community is very excited for the redesign and improvements to Garvey Park. This $5 million commitment by the City of Boston creates state-of-the-art spaces for flag football, street hockey, basketball, lacrosse, and baseball," said Phil Carver, co-founder of the Greater Neponset Flag Football League. "Garvey Park has been a staple in this community for over a generation and this reinvestment will ensure it will remain so for generations to come."

Sounds like the five-and-a-half acre park will be a popular neighborhood hangout in no time.

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