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Mayor Walsh announces reopening of Orton Field in South Boston

Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Boston Parks Commissioner Ryan Woods announced the Boston Parks and Recreation Department has completed improvements to Orton Field located at 200 D Street in South Boston. The fencing, synthetic turf, and entrances were all upgraded with a $570,000 project budget funded by Mayor Walsh’s Capital Improvement Plan, one in a series of parks recently reopened within current health guidelines in Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, and South Boston.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us of the importance of parks and open spaces for individuals to exercise, relax or take a break. As we’ve responded to the impacts of COVID-19, we’ve remained committed to also continuing to support our communities, beyond health,” said Mayor Walsh. “I’m proud of these renovations and improving recreation spaces for Bostonians to safely enjoy.”

Since 2014, the Walsh administration has invested more than $114 million across the city’s parks systems, representing some of the most significant parks investments in Boston’s history. The Fiscal Year 2021-2025 (FY21-FY25) Capital Plan includes enhanced support to maintain the City’s Urban Wilds and tree canopy, increases in funding to plant and maintain trees across the city, as well as $36.8 million for new and ongoing open space projects in Fiscal Year 2021.

For current social distancing guidelines in City of Boston parks please visit www.boston.gov/news/coronavirus-covid-19-updates-boston-parks-and-recreation or boston.gov/coronavirus.

The Boston Parks and Recreation recently completed several field and playground renovation projects citywide including Orton Field at 200 D Street in South Boston. The fencing, synthetic turf, and entrances were all upgraded under Mayor Walsh’s Capital Improvement Plan.

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