Saturday, July 13, 2013

Beacon Hill - Phillips Street Park

Do children live in Beacon Hill? When I lived in Beacon Hill, well before becoming a Playground Hopper, it seemed young, single professionals carrying coffee cups and older couples with pretty gardens ruled Charles Street. The steep hills, brick cobbles and narrow sidewalks gave the Hill charm, not little ones with cute booties sticking out of carriages. What mother in her right mind would want to stroll those hills? Well, turns out, behind those heavy Georgian red painted doorways up and down the hill are lots of little Bostonians, and I found two spots where they play; the Myrtle Street playground and the Phillips Street Park. 


Both are a good stretch of the legs, but once at the top, you will feel fully immersed in the Beacon Hill experience. Having made the climb pass all the beautiful homes with their pretty window boxes and iron-laced front steps, you deserve a nice rest at the Phillips Street Park, a beautifully terraced park perfect for breathing in the atmosphere.






 

The play structure looks like a giant, twisted, metal spider and wasn't a big hit with the Hoppers. Now that I think about it, the exhausting hike up the hill may have contributed to their lack of enthusiasm. A fabricated hill with a slide or a climbing structure with a gold dome at the top would have been perfect. Where is the context here? For toddlers, your best bet is Myrtle Street.






2 comments:

  1. The Phillips Street Play Area ("PSPA") is designed for 5 - 12 year olds, not toddlers, who will enjoy the kiddie play structure and many toys left out at the Myrtle Street Playground. Older kids, who definitely will not like the Myrtle Street Playground, will enjoy the climbing structure at the PSPA, and my 6 year old and 9 year old do. My kids also draw with chalk in the play catch, kick soccer balls and generally run around in this little oasis on Beacon Hill. The Friends of the PSPA also host kid-friendly events at the play area in the summer and fall. It is a great, little-known spot. Rob

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  2. The Phillips Street Play Area ("PSPA") is designed for 5 - 12 year olds, not toddlers, who will enjoy the kiddie play structure and many toys left out at the Myrtle Street Playground. Older kids, who definitely will not like the Myrtle Street Playground, will enjoy the climbing structure at the PSPA, and my 6 year old and 9 year old do. My kids also draw with chalk in the play catch, kick soccer balls and generally run around in this little oasis on Beacon Hill. The Friends of the PSPA also host kid-friendly events at the play area in the summer and fall. It is a great, little-known spot. Rob

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