Measuring .25 acres, John J. Flaherty Jr. Park is located at 130 B Street in South Boston. Improvements to the park include new play structures, safety surfacing, pathways, site furnishings, passive areas, and landscaping. The $856,000 project budget was funded by Mayor Walsh’s Capital Improvement Plan and $94,000 in BPDA mitigation funding from the development of 45 West Third Street.
The existing children’s structure was replaced with three new structures. A new state-of-the-art play area for children ages two to five includes a playhouse for young children to explore dramatic play, a circuit track with a foot bridge, and a misting water play area. Additional play structures for children ages 5 to 12 integrate rope elements, climbing entrances, and slides to provide graduated strength challenges for all ages. Other features include a central lawn panel for picnicking and play, an exercise area, tables and benches, and an increase in tree canopy.
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, increasing 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.
Langone Park and Puopolo Playground, Garvey Playground and Flaherty Park are three of several parks recently reopened within current public health guidelines in Roxbury, Dorchester, Hyde Park, Mattapan, and South Boston.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Parks and Recreation Department and the City of Boston have current public health guidance for residents to follow.