Whether it’s the Kitchen, Eden Street Park or Edwards Playground – by any name – the beloved community space is getting a $1.4 million facelift, with meetings starting this summer.
While announcing his Capital Budget for the City, Mayor Martin Walsh announced that the park is getting the final phase of its improvements this summer. Improvements will tot lot improvements, central lawn improvements, and some improvements to the ‘Kitchen’ – the popular name for the street hockey court.
Parks Department spokesman Ryan Woods said they have just hired Boston-based design firm Klopfer Martin to design the project.
“We anticipate the design meetings will start this summer and go through the Fall,” he wrote. “We will host a series of three community meetings where the community can advise the designers on things they want, need and hope to see in the new design. After the design is complete, it will go out for construction bid to get a contractor on board for construction.”
The total budget is $1.4 million and the final scope will be based on feedback gotten during the community meetings. The estimate, however, anticipates improvements to the tot lot and the central lawn.
Additionally, due to community requests, they will put in fiberglass dasher board upgrades on the hockey court.
“That was a community request for better functionality of the facility,” he wrote.
The renovations to Eden Street began in Fiscal Year 2016.